Title: Record Radiation Levels At Fukushima Nuclear Plant
Source: The Real News Network
Date: Sept. 5, 2013
At 4: 00 in
Jaisal Noor, Producer: And so there are some reports that by 2014, or maybe sooner this radiation will be hitting the United States and other parts of the world. Talk about the growing international concern about this crisis.
Arjun Makhijani, electrical and nuclear engineer, President of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research: [...] The French radio-protection institute called it the largest incident of radioactive pollution of the oceans in history. So, of course, the fish in the ocean are contaminated, and the ocean currents do disperse the radioactivity — takes about three years, I think, for contaminated water discharged near Fukushima to reach the West Coast of the United States. Of course, the fish migrate somewhat faster than that.
Noor: Is this a source of concern, growing concern in the U.S.? And can you also talk about the international response — What lessons have been taken from this disaster and how do you evaluate whether countries and corporations have done enough to really address the seriousness of this problem?
Makhijani: Well, there are not alarming levels of radiation in the United States. I mean, the main problem is in Japan. But, people are very concerned, and I think rightly so. And what I have said is the Food and Drug Administration should be regularly monitoring the seafood and publishing the results very publicly and doing a thorough job of it. And the Environmental Protection Agency should be monitoring the seawater and rainwater and so on. Rainwater now not so important, but certainly seawater monitoring is important. And they should make these results public. [...]
Published: September 5th, 2013 at 6:53 pm ET
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