Scientific American, Jan. 2014: If the melted nuclear fuel [at Fukushima Daiichi] proves bad enough […] it will have to be entombed for a number of years rather than removed, because of radiation risk from what is essentially a cooled shell of ceramic armor surrounding a highly radioactive core that remains hot and is still undergoing radioactive decay. Bottom line: until Fukushima has a sarcophagus entombing it or all the nuclear fuel has been carted away expect periodic reports of steam for years to come.
Professor Chris Busby, Scientific Secretary of the European Committee on Radiation Risk and member of UK Department of Health Committee Examining Radiation Risk for Internal Emitters, Jan. 6, 2014 (at 19:45 in): “I think they’re going to have to throw a fence around there and watch it forever. I don’t see what else they can do [...] frankly I think there’s nothing much they can do now — the genies out of the bottle.”
See also: Nuclear Engineer: It’s a little alerting to see this many articles downplaying Fukushima health effects -- You have to think, why is this happening? -- Are they going to walk away from reactors and say sorry, there's nothing we can do? (VIDEO)
Published: January 21st, 2014 at 10:37 am ET