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Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Workers rush to decontaminate schools in Fukushima Pref. city before start of term

MINAMISOMA, Fukushima -- Workers are rushing to finish decontaminating a elementary school here just north of the nuclear c
risis exclusion zone in time for the beginning of the new term on Aug. 25.
Workers spray and scrub the floors of Kashiwa Elementary School in Minamisoma, Fukushima Prefecture, on Aug. 16. (Mainichi)
Workers spray and scrub the floors of Kashiwa Elementary School in Minamisoma, Fukushima Prefecture, on Aug. 16. (Mainichi)
"The schedule is pretty harsh, but we'd like to finish on time somehow," one worker at Kashiwa Elementary School told the Mainichi. Similar operations have been going on at municipal schools, kindergartens and nursery schools since Aug. 1, while the children are on summer break.
The workers are hosing down and scrubbing the walls and floors at the school and using heavy machinery to remove the top soil on the playground and flower beds to rid the building and grounds of radioactive substances. The top soil is being deposited in a 30-meter-long, 2-meter-deep pit for later burial.
Much of Minamisoma lies within a 30-kilometer radius of the crisis-stricken Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant covered by exclusion and evacuation standby zones. Decontamination was ordered for all the city's schools outside that area, and similar operations are scheduled for the schools in the evacuation standby zone, between 20 and 30 kilometers from the plant, as early as the end of August.
(Mainichi Japan) August 17, 2011


I WONDER IF THE KIDS WILL GET NIFTY SUITS LIKE THE ONES ABOVE TOWEAR TO SCHOOL? SHAMEFUL!
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