2017-03-09. Radioactive Boars in Fukushima Thwart Residents’ Plans to Return Home.

posted Mar 11, 2017, 12:02 AM by Alan Gould   [ updated Mar 13, 2017, 8:27 AM ]
By Kimiko de Freitas-Tamura, The New York Times. For GSS Energy Use chapter 4. Excerpt: ...Hundreds of toxic wild boars have been roaming across northern Japan, where the meltdown of the Fukushima nuclear plant six years ago forced thousands of residents to desert their homes, pets and livestock. ...As Japan prepares to lift some evacuation orders on four towns within the more than 12-mile exclusion zone around the Fukushima plant later this month, officials are struggling to clear out the contaminated boars. Wild boar meat is a delicacy in northern Japan, but animals slaughtered since the disaster are too contaminated to eat. According to tests conducted by the Japanese government, some of the boars have shown levels of radioactive element cesium-137 that are 300 times higher than safety standards. ...And in a government survey last year, more than half of Fukushima’s former residents said they wouldn’t return, citing fears over radiation and the safety of the nuclear plant, which will take 40 years to dismantle....  https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/09/world/asia/radioactive-boars-in-fukushima-thwart-residents-plans-to-return-home.html See also Struggling With Japan’s Nuclear Waste, Six Years After Disaster by Motoko Rich.