10/11/11 (AEIN) The Japanese government plans to conduct nuclear decontamination work in more areas than originally announced. Officials from the national Environment Ministry say that decontamination efforts will occur in locations exposed to more than one millisevert of radiation per year, Radio Japan reported on Tuesday.
The government initially planned to limit decontamination work to lands affected by over five milliseverts per year. Although this will help to reassure the public, concerns remain over the lack of facilities to eliminate or store contaminated materials removed as workers decontaminate areas near the Fukushima Daiichi plant.
The Kyodo news agency reported on Tuesday that the reduced minimum radiation level is primarily aimed at children, presumably because they will have more time to accumulate radiation. Kyodo also indicated that a group of experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency visited Fukushima prefecture to examine the decontamination efforts.