Japan contamination records rising – contaminated soil in Iitate over limits for burning

Official surveys by the Japanese government have detected levels of cesium over 150,000 bq/kg of radioactive cesium in the soil of Iitate, a town near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The highest soil samples were collected from the banks of the Niida River, inside of the evacuation zone.  Radioactive materials over 100,000 bq/kg cannot be incinerated, and instead require burial and concrete encapsulation.

The government is preparing a Tepco bailout package of as much as 11 trillion yen, the largest in Japan since the rescue of the banking industry in the 1990s. Only 6 percent of the 22.5 million tons of debris left by the water has been cleared.

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