Ever since there was an earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in 2011, the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has been leaking. On Tuesday the Tokyo Electric Power Company plant said that they measured 2,200 millisierverts of radiation near the tanks and just last Saturday it was 1,800 millisierverts. Those measurements might not seem like much but it can end a human’s life within hours of contact with the waste.
is trying to figure out ways to fix the problem.
One idea they came up with is to freeze the area around the plant to keep the radiation from spreading in the water closeby. That plan is supposed to cost around $470 million dollars. Another issue that has come up, is that the Nuclear Regulation Authority is under the belief that there may be more tanks that are leaking that they are not aware of. Because the clean up is taking so long there are many towns that are evacuated. For example the people of Namie are only allowed to visit one day a month. When they visit they are required to wear a piece of technology that calculates the amount of contamination they have come in contact with. Before they are allowed to leave they must have the device checked. Officials are trying to keep the goal of decontaminating Namie within 5 years. Unfortunately, they say the people wont be able to live there for many more years than five. Another reason why the decontamination process is so difficult is that every time it rains there is waste coming down from the hills surrounding the town. What do you think? Is the idea to freeze the ground floor too ambitious of a goal? Will the towns surrounding the leaks ever be decontaminated?