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ENVIRONMENT | Staff Reporter, Japan
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Fukushima nuclear plant workers have ditched the protective gear

Radiation levels have dropped in most areas.

The Japan Times reported that six years have passed since the world’s worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986, and workers are now walking around without protective gears.

Efforts to remove radioactive debris and to cover tainted soil with materials like mortar have helped decrease the radiation at the plant, allowing workers to wear regular uniforms at about 95 percent of the site.

Tainted water has been moved to more secure welded tanks, replacing weaker ones made of steel sheets and bolts, reducing leaks.

Visitors can overlook the four reactor buildings from a hill about 80 meters from the facility, where core meltdowns hit reactors 1, 2 and 3. Hydrogen explosions heavily damaged the buildings for units 1, 3 and 4, which have since received new facades.

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