Arnold Gundersen with a new report on the Fukushima meltdowns and their worldwide implications
IF YOU LOVE THIS PLANET, A Weekly Radio Program with Dr. Helen Caldicott
May 18, 2012
This week Dr Caldicott welcomes back nuclear engineer Arnold Gundersen for yet another update on the stricken Fukushima plant which suffered multiple nuclear meltdowns in 2011. As background, read the May 5 article Thousands March as Japan Shuts off Nuclear Power, for Now: Japan goes nuke free for first time in four decades amidst pressure to restart and the April 7 article Fukushima Reactor 4: Life On Planet Earth in the Balance. They discuss the vulnerabilities of each of the four damaged reactors including the worldwide implications if much more radiation is released, and the psychological effects on the Japanese of the disaster. They also talk about California’s two nuclear power plants, both right on the coastline and on or very close to major earthquake faults. A meltdown at San Onofre, north of San Diego, would contaminate Los Angeles, San Diego and Orange County, and render a huge part of the state uninhabitable.
Arnie Gundersen, Fairewinds Chief Nuclear Engineer: The long-term future for what to do with the melted down reactors… I don’t think there’s a person on the planet that will well you how to get that nuclear fuel out.
And we may do a Chernobyl.
We may say we’ll remove the building as best we can, but oh, that nuclear fuel in the basement? We’re just going to fill it with concrete and walk away.
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Published: May 21st, 2012 at 12:11 pm ET