Title: Interview with Kevin Kamps
Source: Thom Hartmann Program
Date: August 12th, 2013
At 4:10 in
Thom Hartmann, Host: So what’s the fate and future Fukushima first of all?
Kevin Kamps, Beyond Nuclear: [...] In the context of what’s going on now with the groundwater flooding of the site — because one of their mitigation measures which is pretty not very well thought out, was building a seawall by freezing the ground — and guess what? The groundwater is piling up behind the seawall. [...] by backing up the water under the entire site, they are turning the ground into quicksand. And that’s causing less stability — more instability. There are structural engineers and nuclear engineers warning that may be the final straw that’s needed to topple not only Unit 4, but perhaps some of those other destroyed units with their high-level radioactive waste stored in pools fifty feet up in the air.[…] If that [Unit 4] pool goes down — enough of that fuel is still in there — it’ll be on fire [...]
Hartmann: And the prevailing winds and the prevailing ocean currents take water from the coast of Japan where?
Kamps: To North America. Within days of the Fukushima Daiichi catastrophe beginning, we were getting fallout coming down in rain in the United States — not in insignificant quantities. And also, of course, the seafood. Not only does the ocean’s currents bring the radioactivity this way, but also the sea life itself. The blue fin tuna migrated from Japan to North America and carried the radioactive cesium in its flesh over here.
Published: August 13th, 2013 at 3:29 am ET
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