"Radiation fears have prevented authorities from collecting the bodies of as many as 1,000 people living in the evacuation zone who died in the 11 March earthquake and tsunami."What do you do with the bodies? It reminds me of our nuclear waste dilemma. Where are we going to put it? Yucca Mountain is out:
Left as they were, the bodies could pose a health threat to relatives identifying them at morgues, the agency said. Cremating them could create radioactive smoke, while burying them could contaminate soil."
- Japan Under Pressure To Widen Nuclear Evacuation Zone, The Guardian, 31 March 2011
"Funding for development of Yucca Mountain waste site was terminated in 2010 and the NRC license application was withdrawn in March 2011.
This leaves the United States without any long term storage site for its high level radioactive waste, currently stored on-site at various nuclear facilities around the country."
- Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository, Wikipedia