Articles | Volume 5, issue 2
SOIL, 5, 333–350, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-5-333-2019
SOIL, 5, 333–350, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-5-333-2019

Review article 12 Dec 2019

Review article | 12 Dec 2019

Effectiveness of landscape decontamination following the Fukushima nuclear accident: a review

Olivier Evrard et al.

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The Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant (FDNPP) accident in March 2011 resulted in the contamination of Japanese landscapes with radioactive fallout. The objective of this review is to provide an overview of the decontamination strategies and their potential effectiveness in Japan. Overall, we believe it is important to synthesise the remediation lessons learnt following the FDNPP nuclear accident, which could be fundamental if radioactive fallout occurred somewhere on Earth in the future.