Title: Arnie Gundersen on Japan’s post-Fukushima nuclear plans
Source: The BEZ (WBEZ Radio)
Date: Oct. 2, 2012
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Fairewinds’ Arnie Gundersen, Nuclear Engineer: The question is do you spend it [$70-100 billion] now and risk high exposures to people for what gain, or do you entomb these plants with concrete and then come back in a hundred years, that’s a question the Japanese have yet to answer.
Host: What would you do?
Gundersen: I would entomb them and come back later. […] I would do basically what we’ve done at Chernobyl, which is put a sarcophagus around it. Basically fill them with concrete. I would also then bore under the plants and continually withdraw the groundwater, because there’s still going to be seepage of radioactive material into the ocean and into the groundwater and keep that from seeping out into the environment. [...] I just cant justify in my own mind exposing tens of thousands of Japanese workers to high levels of radiation [...]
Published: October 3rd, 2012 at 6:19 am ET
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