Title: Two years later, Fukushima still reeling from tsunami’s effects
Source: Public Radio International (Living on Earth)
Date: August 2, 2013
Host Steve Curwood: Now, it’s been two years since this accident, but this nuclear meltdown reactor is going to be hot for quite a long time. Just how long will it be super hot?
Arjun Makhijani, President of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research: [...] There are fission products that have half lives in the millions of years so you’re talking about radioactivity that’s essentially forever. [...] It’s very, very unclear to me how they are going to be able to get at this molten fuel [and] extract it from the bottoms of these highly damaged buildings [...]
CURWOOD: So, now more than two years since the Fukushima accident, and the problem seems to be far from contained, how can the Japanese get a handle on this going forward from here?
MAKHIJANI: [...] If that infrastructure that is now damaged becomes much more damaged, then the devastation could be quite great, and much more of it could wind up in the oceans. I mean, they have millions and millions of gallons of radioactive water that is stored in tanks on site, near the site, and they’ve been building tanks like they’re going out of style and they just cannot keep up. And they have no idea what they’re going to do with these millions and millions of gallons of contaminated water [...] this is an accident that’s shockingly not stopping – even the emergency is not over.
Published: August 2nd, 2013 at 3:47 pm ET