Decontamination Costs Exceed Estimates

The cost of decontaminating impacted areas is far exceeding estimates. The initial estimate to decontaminate a small home is 700,000 yen. The average actual cost is 1.3 million yen. One local official claims the over runs is due to larger properties in agricultural areas.

Compounding the cost problems is the fact that decontamination is largely not working. Levels are not being lowered enough to consider the effort effective in lowering radiation enough to make homes safe.

As work continues to not give desired results and costs spiral out of control, what will be next?

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