BBC News, Aug 22, 2013: Dr Ken Buesseler is a senior scientist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution who has examined the waters around Fukushima. “It is not over yet by a long shot, Chernobyl was in many ways a one week fire-explosive event, nothing with the potential of this right on the ocean.” “We’ve been saying since 2011 that the reactor site is still leaking whether that’s the buildings and the ground water or these new tank releases. There’s no way to really contain all of this radioactive water on site.” “Once it gets into the ground water, like a river flowing to the sea, you can’t really stop a ground water flow. You can pump out water, but how many tanks can you keep putting on site?” [...] “Our biggest concern right now is if some of the other isotopes such as strontium 90 which tend to be more mobile, get through these sediments in the ground water,” said Dr Buesseler. “They are entering the oceans at levels that then will accumulate in seafood and will cause new health concerns.”
National Geographic, Aug 22, 2013: Buesseler said he was concerned that the high level of radiation from the leaking tank might just be a harbinger of what is to come if more of the other temporary tanks begin to fail. But he’s even more worried by revelations of leaks and other problems at the plant, which lately have been coming with dismaying frequency. “There is still a lot of contamination at Fukushima—in the land, in the buildings, and now from these tanks,” Buesseler said. “Every bit of news that we’ve been getting is that the [radioactivity] numbers are going up.” “I’m becoming less confident that [TEPCO] can contain the problem,” he said.
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Published: August 22nd, 2013 at 5:47 pm ET