Decontamination at the sites affected by the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster in 2011 will cost $50 billion, four times more than the estimated sum, experts say.
Experts from the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology assessed the situation of the decontamination at Fukushima and added up the costs for this process. According to them, decontamination in no-entry zones only will cost up to $20 billion and decontamination in other areas will be $31 billion.
The estimate is based on the government-set unit costs and information provided by municipalities which includes removing, transporting and storing radioactive waste, the media reports.
The government already allocated $11 billion for the cleanup but never made the total costs public. The cleaning project is already behind schedule and is the target of constant criticism. Some of the harshest critics say that the government got involved in a process without knowing the final costs of it. Also one alternative might be studying the exact costs of all the process and deciding whether to clean up the area or allocate the money to help the people in Fukushima rebuild their lives elsewhere.
Fukushima became a no-entry zone in March 2011 after the earthquake and tsunami heavily affected the nuclear plant in the area. Ever since then, nuclear radiation has been a constant threat for the people in and around the Fukushima prefecture.