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Transcript Excerpts from Interview with Fairewinds’ Chief Nuclear Engineer Arnie Gundersen
A YEAR AGO WHEN WE FIRST DID AN INTERVIEW AFTER MARCH 11, 2011, YOU SAID THIS HAD THE POTENTIAL TO BE GREATER THAN CHERNOBYL. WHAT DO YOU THINK TODAY?
Well, there are three different kinds of gases that were released. The noble gases are definitely worse than Chernobyl. There are scientific papers out that show this was THREE TIMES WORSE than Chernobyl as far as releases of noble gases.
The other is radioactive iodine and radioactive cesium. It’s a numbers game because nobody measured this stuff. There were no detectors working. They all lost their power and got blown to smithereens. The nuclear industry is trying to push the numbers to show that it is less than Chernobyl, but when I do the numbers, it says as bad or worse than Chernobyl. But Chernobyl was awful! So we’re comparing degrees of awfulness, but I think the noble gas data in Japan shows that it was three times worse than Chernobyl. [...]
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Published: March 31st, 2012 at 5:13 pm ET
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- Nuclear Expert: Fukushima releases are equal to or greater than Chernobyl — Radioactive noble gas clouds over US Northwest much worse than ever anticipated (VIDEO) May 13, 2012
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