– This Is How “Decontamination” Is Done, and To Be Done in Fukushima (EX-SKF, Oct. 18, 2011):
As Prime Minister Noda looked on, workers contracted by Fukushima City “decontaminated” a relatively new-looking residence in Onami District in Fukushima City on October 18. It is to be served as “model decontamination” for the rest of the district, as well as for the city.
It amounts to nothing more than power washing to “move” radioactive materials from one place to another.
Onami District of Fukushima City, along with another district (Watari District), has high air radiation and soil contamination. In the “model decontamination” work done by the city in August, the radiation hardly went down, while in several locations it went up. Quite a “model decontamination”. It is probably a model distribution of government money among well-connected contractors.
This is a footage of the TBS news:
– Decon Bubble in Fukushima: Contractors Charging US$13,000 Per House (EX-SKF, Oct. 18, 2011):
Yet another fine example of how a government is so good at misallocating the resource. By pledging to pour hundreds of billions of yen (probably in trillions) into “decontaminating” Fukushima, the Japanese government has already spawned a brand-new industry of residential decontamination. Who are the industry participants? Cleaners, painters, just about anyone who has a high-pressure washer.
Some are apparently charging 1 million yen (US$13,000) to hose down your house. As you can see in the video in the previous post, their idea of “decontamination” looks little more than year-end cleanup. Power washing seems to somehow turn cleanup into “decontamination”.
From Yomiuri Shinbun (10/19/2011):
As decontamination work gets underway in Fukushima Prefecture to remove radioactive materials from the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant accident, so do troubles with the decontamination contractors. Some are asking 1 million yen [US$13,000] to decontaminate a house.