09 Jan '12, 1pm

As Fukushima cleanup begins, long-term environmental impacts are weighed #Fukushima

As Fukushima Cleanup Begins, Long-term Impacts are Weighed The Japanese government is launching a large-scale cleanup of the fields, forests, and villages contaminated by the Fukushima nuclear disaster. But some experts caution that an overly aggressive remediation program could create a host of other environmental problems. by winifred bird Following the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl 25 years ago, the Soviet government chose long-term evacuation over extensive decontamination; as a result, the plants and animals near Chernobyl inhabit an environment that is both largely devoid of humans and severely contaminated by radioactive fallout. The meltdown last March of three nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan also contaminated large areas of farmland and forests, albeit not as severely or extensively as at Chernobyl. But lacking land for reset...

Full article: http://e360.yale.edu/feature/as_fukushima_cleanup_begins_...

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