Reuters Alert: “Fukushima damage leaves spent fuel at risk” -US Lawmaker — “Far worse than he expected” — Bags of rock only protection from tsunami

Published: April 16th, 2012 at 5:42 pm ET
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Follow-up to: US Senator Issues Press Release on Fukushima Spent Fuel Pools -- Urges Japan to accept international help -- Warns situation worse than reported after touring plant

Title: Fukushima damage leaves spent fuel at risk-U.S. lawmaker
Source: Reuters AlertNet
Date: April 16, 2012

  • Japan, with assistance from the U.S. government, needs to do more to move spent fuel rods out of harm’s way at the tsunami-stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, said U.S. Senator Ron Wyden on Monday
  • Wyden, a senior Democratic senator on the Senate Energy committee, toured the ruined Fukushima plant on April 6, and said the damage was far worse than he expected
  • Wyden said he was most worried about spent fuel rods stored in damaged pools
  • [He] urged the Japanese government to accept international help to prevent further release of the radioactive material if another earthquake should happen
  • Wyden said the only protection for the pools from another tsunami appeared to be “a small, makeshift sea wall erected out of bags of rock”
  • Wyden said the spent fuel should be moved to safer storage sooner than anticipated under a 10-year clean-up plan

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Published: April 16th, 2012 at 5:42 pm ET
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