Yamagata City will be the first area in Yamagata Prefecture to start measuring the radiation levels of homes. Between 150 and 200 homes will be tested by the city to determine whether decontamination is needed.
If the radiation level at 50 cm above ground exceed 1 microsievert/hr, the city can provide advice to the homeowner and hire decontamination workers. Residents can submit applications to have their home measured, and testing will begin on December 20. The city believes they can visit up to 25 homes per day.
Starting from the beginning of December, the city has also starting measuring radiation levels at 463 education facilities.
Yamagata City is approximately 130 km north-west of the troubled Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.
Source: Nippon News Network, December 9, 2011.
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