Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Is Fukushima still leaking dangerously?


Truthout, in a story by Jahr Damail, reports that radioactive water still leaks from Fukushima into the Pacific Ocean, and that some radiation will eventually reach the US.
   
However, Taylor Wilson reports  that concentrations of most short-lived isotopes are not detectable in the US according monitoring done in western Nevada while maintaining that significant Cesium 134 and 137 did go into the ocean near the plant (and putting this all together, still could be leaking).
 
Some countries, such as France, have successfully switched to large use of nuclear power.  Wilson maintains that small (underground) fission reactors could help make the grids more resilient from disruption (presumably solar storms and terror)  and could be much safer than earlier reactors.
 
Back in the late 1970s, through the “Understanding” group, I knew a woman who went around the country in a caravan opposing nuclear power (and this was before Three Mile Island).  Even then, I wondered about the wisdom of “one issue activism”.

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