Fukushima nuclear cleanup will take decades

NPR: Things have improved in Fukushima after a devastating earthquake and tsunami caused a nuclear meltdown five years ago, but clean-up sites still have a far way to go.

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Five years after an earthquake and tsunami caused a series of meltdowns at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant in Japan, there are signs of progress. Many workers cleaning up the ruined plant no longer need to suit up in full respirators. Some nearby villages that were evacuated are open to residents.

… “Fukushima Dai-ichi is a complicated clean-up site,” says Dale Klein, a former chairman of the U.S Nuclear Regulatory Commission who now consults for the Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, which owns the plant.

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