Title: Fukushima leak: “It’s pretty active, pretty intense and it’s out of control”
Source: Voice of Russia – UK Edition
Host: Brendan Cole
Date: Aug 20, 2013
John Large, Nuclear consultant: [...] What happened is the intensely radioactive fuel is beginning to migrate into the water. And the water is seeping and migrating out of the containment.
[…] In the immediate ecosystem, of course it moves beyond that. Once it comes out of the groundwater into the marine environment, then tides and currents will take it along — and the whole scenario’s rather like this: You get these very fine oxide particles of fuel, each intensely radioactive, being carried along the coastline. The tide taking it in, […] it dries out. The onshore breeze that comes everyday blows the radioactive dust — these very fine particles — onto local communities, and those communities receive an exceptional dose.
[…] It’s pretty active, pretty intense, and out of control. […]
[Tepco] didn’t think ahead, and of course they’re left with an in-addressable situation. There’s not much you can do when it gets out to the marine environment. […]
It looks like we’re in for a long term here. Remember 3 reactors went down, each reactor had about 120-130 tons of fuel. That’s lacking any containment. It’s beginning to drift into the marine and terrestrial environment. The situation is the radiation and the radiological effect in terms of health harm for that fuel will go on for hundreds, thousands, if not tens of thousands of years.
Published: August 23rd, 2013 at 7:30 pm ET