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As Fukushima Cleanup Begins, Long-term Impacts are Weighed, by Winifred Bird | Yale Environment 360

Following the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl 25 years ago, the Soviet government chose long-term evacuation over extensive decontamination; as a result, the plants and animals near Chernobyl inhabit an environment that is both largely devoid of humans and severely contaminated by radioactive fallout.

The meltdown last March of three nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan also contaminated large areas of farmland and forests, albeit not as severely or extensively as at Chernobyl. But lacking land for resettlement and facing public outrage over the accident, the Japanese government has chosen a very different path, embarking on a decontamination effort of unprecedented scale.

For more on this story, visit: As Fukushima Cleanup Begins, Long-term Impacts are Weighed by Winifred Bird: Yale Environment 360.

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