Arnold Gundersen with a new report on the Fukushima meltdowns and their worldwide implications
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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
- Gundersen: “I think people are beginning to think maybe we can never dismantle these plants, maybe we just fill them with concrete and walk away” (VIDEO) June 18, 2012
- Gundersen: Fill Fukushima reactors with cement and come back in 100 years — It’s too radioactive (VIDEO) October 3, 2012
- “Too many holes” in Fukushima reactors? May have to fill up suppression chambers with cement -Tepco March 8, 2013
- Gundersen: Nuclear fuel has been moved by groundwater at Fukushima Daiichi — It’s time to walk away from plant for next 100 years once there’s an underground sarcophagus — Much more difficult to contain than Chernobyl (VIDEO) December 29, 2013
- Nuclear Engineer: All 3 Fukushima reactors had enormous amounts of plutonium inside before melting down (VIDEO) November 14, 2011