Inviting U.S. firm group for decontamination in Fukushima
May. 22, 2012
TOKYO –The Japanese government decided to invite a group of U.S. firms to ensure decontamination of areas contaminated by the accident at the Fukushima I nuclear power station. It is preparing to invite about 30 U.S. companies specializing in decontamination in late June. Japan’s governmental and private sectors are to provide information on the present status and the investment climate of decontamination, and the U.S. firms are to make presentations on decontamination-related products. A government-managed decontamination project, which seeks to make the maximum use of the experience and know-how of the U.S. firms, will start this summer.
The Japanese and U.S. governments exchanged letters in March confirming comprehensive cooperation in nuclear research and development. Accident response, decommissioning and decontamination were listed as additional fields of cooperation. The invitation of the U.S. firms is an outcome of cooperation between both governments.
The U.S. firms include the Shaw Group, Energy Solutions and Los Alamos Technical Associates, Inc. (LATA), which have expertise in decontamination. They plan to exhibit their know-how and products, exchange opinions with local governments in Fukushima Prefecture and visit decontamination sites.
Japan’s governmental and private sectors will explain the current status of decontamination, relations with local governments, and use of overseas products and technologies. Expecting the participation of U.S. firms in the project, they will also provide information on Japan’s business and investment environment.
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Actually, nothing has progressed in the plant since 2011. We still don't even know what is going on inside. They must keep cooling the crippled reactors by water, but additionally groundwater keeps flowing into the reactor buildings from the broken parts. This is why highly contaminated water is always produced more than it can circulate. Tepco is planning to officially discharge this water to the Pacific but Tritium is still remaining in it. They dilute this with seawater so that it is legally safe, but scientifically the same amount of radioactive tritium is contained. They say it is safe to discharge, but none of them have drunk it.