Green Majority, 89.5 FM Toronto, December 6, 2013:
At 9:00 in
Gordon Edwards, nuclear expert and president of the Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility: What happened in Fukushima [...] was a series of explosions, four reactors exploded, and three of those reactors melted down — the molten fuel has gone right down into the ground […] There are about 300 tons of contaminated water every day going into the Pacific Ocean underground. That‘s because the cores of the reactors have melted into the ground, and now the groundwater is flowing underneath the reactors and it’s washing that radioactive material out into the Pacific Ocean at the rate of 300 tons per day. […] They have been pumping 400 tons of water from the surface down into the reactor cores and then pumping the contaminated water back up again […]
At 11:30 in
Edwards: All that contaminated water is just sitting there [in tanks] […] They found a pool of water beside the tank that was leaking, that pool of water — they measured the radiation levels — if a person stood beside that pool of water for 1 hour, they would die of radiation poisoning. So that’s how contaminated this water is. What’s causing the contamination is the fact that you have to cool the melted fuel and the melted fuel contains so much radioactive poison that that’s what gets into the water. This is the kind of thing that environmentalists are not realizing.
Published: January 2nd, 2014 at 10:12 am ET