More than 9 million bags of contaminated soil around Fukushima

Has anyone recently given much consideration to the ongoing cleanup at the site around Fukushima, Japan where bags of contaminated soil are being stacked up? These individual vinyl bags are being filled with contaminated soil and there are now more than 9 million bags.  Each bag is one square meter in size and are being stacked in neat piles in large areas like in the image below shows. Leave it to the ingenious Japanese. View the video clip taken from a drone where these 9 million bags are being stacked up for indefinite storage. Seems like the area around the reactors is being excavated and moved to a different location. So what will TEPCO do with more than 9 million bags of contaminated soil and increasing daily? Bury them? Isolate the entire area where these bags are being located and make it off limits?

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The Mainichi News

Over 9 million bags of nuclear cleanup waste piled up across Fukushima Pref.

December 10, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-12-12 at 6.03.56 AMMounds of bags full of waste from the decontamination of areas around the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant are seen at a temporary storage site in Tomioka, Fukushima Prefecture, in this recent photo taken from a Mainichi Shimbun helicopter. (Mainichi)

The number of bags of waste from decontamination efforts around the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant reached a little under 9.16 million as of the end of September according to Fukushima Prefecture and the Environment Ministry.

The 1-cubic-meter bags are found at some 114,700 interim storage or decontamination sites across the prefecture. In the town of Tomioka — covered by a nuclear disaster evacuation order — mounds of bags have grown so tall that they obscure the power shovels used to move and stack the waste, the black balls covering every sliver of landscape.

The bags of waste are typically stacked four layer high, with a fifth layer of uncontaminated soil laid on top to block radiation. Waterproof sheets are also used to stop rainwater from getting into the bags and becoming contaminated.

Negotiations with the towns of Okuma and Futaba — both under evacuation orders — to establish mid-term waste storage facilities there have been hard-going, and the start of construction is nowhere in sight.


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