Title: The Challenges of Disaster Follow-up Research
Author: Heather Goldstone
Date: April 29, 2013
At 5:00 in
Ken Buesseler, Senior scientist in the Department of Marine Chemistry & Geochemistry at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution: There’s some basic health questions, like you can keep measuring fish all you want, but when will they be safe, when will the levels go down? We’re sitting here a couple of years after, and the levels for some of the fish, particularly the ones who reside on the bottom are almost as high as they were two years ago. […] So the fact that it’s still high tells us a lot of things, like there’s still a source, there still has to be cesium coming either from the reactor, the groundwater that are saturated with the radioactivity at that site and or the seafloor that’s now contaminated off Fukushima. […]
Goldstone: So you’re saying that there’s still a source of cesium, that the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant is still leaking radioactivity into the ocean.
Buesseler: Yes […]
Goldstone: Is that leak likely to stop anytime soon?
Buesseler: In my opinion I see no sign that it will, because they still have to maintain cooling water, they’re still losing cooling water through the building, there’s been a melt-through, there’s cracks in the building […] there’s still going to be a long term source […]
Published: April 29th, 2013 at 3:37 pm ET
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