gbrumfiel writes: "Today Japan declared that the accident that the accident at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant was on a par with Chernobyl, and clean up may end up taking just as long or longer.
Nature Newsreports that the amount of nuclear waste involved, together with the specifics of the reactors involved, will make clean up a protracted struggle. Experts visualize a Chernobyl-style dome over the buildings, complete with robotic cranes and special waste-water disposal facilities. Others advocate just sealing up the site for a century and then starting cleanup. Given Japan's earthquake and tsunami hazards, that may not be an option."