Writing in The Ecologist, Beyond Nuclear's Linda Pentz Gunter addressed the cover-up in Japan where efforts are underway to "normalize" radiation exposure and move evacuees back into contaminated areas. Included in the myths is the concept that radioactivity can be "cleaned up" and areas decontaminated. This was debunked by WNISR author, Mycle Schneider, in the Beyond Nuclear article:
Of course radiological decontamination is not that easy. Nor is it reliable. It is more like “pushing contamination from one spot to the next”, as independent nuclear expert, Mycle Schneider describes it. And radiation does not remain obediently in one place, either.
“The mountains and forests that cannot even be vaguely decontaminated, will serve as a permanent source of new contamination, each rainfall washing out radiation and bringing it down from the mountains to the flat lands”, Schneider explained. Birds move around. Animals eat and excrete radioactive plant life. Radiation gets swept out to sea. It is a cycle with no end.
The story was also republished on Counterpunch.