Title: Ron Wyden’s nuclear field trip
Author: Editorial Board
Date: Apr. 23, 2012
Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden’s recent daylong field trip from Tokyo to the zone of Japan’s nuclear devastation is worth at least a week in the telling. Bunny-suited with a breathing device for protection against radiation exposure, Wyden walked through the ruined Fukushima Dai-ichi complex and saw what few from the West have seen: another bomb waiting to go off.
The senator is not typically alarmist. But his field notes, followed by letters to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Energy Secretary Steven Chu, signal alarm. They paint a picture of extreme nuclear vulnerability, especially in Reactor No. 4 [...]
Wyden completed his tour by asking Japan, with written urgings for help from Clinton and Chu, to sharply speed up a cleanup expected to take 10 more years. His fear is that another big seismic event will trigger another disaster before the cleanup is completed — exposing Oregon and the West Coast to potentially lethal risk.
“What we learned the first time is that radioactivity leaks out quickly,” he told The Oregonian Friday. “If (No. 4) ruptures now, it gets into the air, and that’s very troubling to us in Oregon. This must not happen.” [...]
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- UPDATE: No moving spent fuel at No. 4 until 2014 at earliest -- Up to 10 years for removal of fuel from all pools -- Reactor building to be demolished (VIDEO) April 17, 2012
- WSJ: Very dangerous situation at Fukushima Daiichi says Senator -- Taking years to remove fuel "carries extraordinary and continuing risk" -- No comment from Tepco, Japan gov't -- Quake could send buildings tumbling down, resulting in "an even greater release of radiation" April 17, 2012
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Published: April 23rd, 2012 at 5:29 am ET