Ministry to monitor nuclear decontamination more strictly
The Environment Ministry has announced plans to ensure that Fukushima cleanup operations are henceforth carried out according to safety guidelines after local residents reported that radioactive material was being dumped into rivers.
The ministry said Tuesday that it will establish bases nearer to cleanup crews so that it can better monitor their activities, Fuji TV reported. The announcement comes days after Asahi Shimbun reporters confirmed claims that construction companies who had signed lucrative contracts to establish bases for the decontamination work were ignoring environment ministry rules.
Among them were regulations pertaining to the proper storage of water used for cleaning buildings around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, which was allowed to flow back into rivers. The Asahi reported that soil and branches were dumped in forests or rivers just meters from proposed cleanup bases, on the orders of supervisors, instead of being stored for proper disposal.
The ministry also said it would demand an explanation from the construction companies involved in the scandal, Fuji reported.