Fukushima disaster, worker shortage, May 2013

The Fukushima disaster continues to unfold.   A recent report in the Washington Post  states that there is a shortage of labor to do the decommissioning work.   Some workers have reached their threshold of radioactive exposure, others are being lured away by better paying safer jobs. The report goes on to say:

During the first quarter of this year, only 321 jobs got filled from 2,124 openings in decontamination, which involves scraping soil, gathering foliage and scrubbing walls to bring down radiation levels.

Under the worst scenario, experienced workers capable of supervising the work will be gone as they reach their radiation-exposure limits, said Kino.

According to Watanabe, a nuclear worker generally earns about 10,000 yen ($100) a day. In contrast, decontamination work outside the plant, generally involving less exposure to radiation, is paid for by the environment ministry, and with bonuses for working a job officially categorized as dangerous, totals about 16,000 yen ($160) a day, he said.

There is too much radioactive water, no place to store the water, and the people with the experience are beginning to leave the plant for a variety of issues.  The unsolvable problems are accumulating with time.



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