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It’s safe to return to some parts of Fukushima, study suggests

Bags of contaminated topsoil are collected at a temporary storage site in Fukushima prefecture. (Kyodo/AP Images)

By Katherine Kornei
Originally Published in Science
Mar. 10, 2017

Six years after Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant disaster, thousands of former residents evacuated from the region are returning home. But is it safe? A new study says yes, finding that inhabitants of a never-evacuated village just 60 kilometers away don’t have to worry about dangerous levels of radiation over their lifetime. The team also found that natural radioactive decay and weathering from rain deserve far more credit for reducing radiation levels than do expensive decontamination efforts, like topsoil removal. Continue reading It’s safe to return to some parts of Fukushima, study suggests

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