The workers’ suits and clothing are defined as low-level radioactive waste, even though the workers were exposed to high levels of radiation from the plant. The clothing cannot be used again and must go through a specific handling process for radioactive materials per a provision of law.
According to TEPCO, the pile of material for disposals is huge, taller even than a person, occupying about 4,000 square meters (43,055 square feet).
About 48,000 workers have worked in the Fukushima plant since the nuclear crisis began, after the March 11 earthquake and subsequent tsunami. TEPCO is the owner and operator of the Fukushima plant.
There has been no decision on where to store the waste or what facilities should be used for disposal.