Fukushima workers face "nightmarish world of high radiation, difficult terrain"

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8 Responses to “Fukushima workers face "nightmarish world of high radiation, difficult terrain"”

  1. Seraphim_72 says:

    Where ‘o where are our ‘Nuclear is Safe’ Pollyannas? Oh yes, coal is terrible for us, but nukes are safe!

    • Aloisius says:

      Yeah! We should ban modern nuclear reactors because a 40 year old obsolete nuclear reactor design turned out to be unsafe after being struck by a massive earthquake and a tsunami!

      And yes, since coal kills about 14,000 people per year in the US alone, I’d consider that to be far worse than nuclear power. The Fukushima incident has killed how many? Oh yeah, none.

  2. jtegnell says:

    Hey, now, try to look at the silver lining here! It’s especially convenient that the evacuation made so many people and families homeless and unemployed. It made recruitment for the 600 subcontracting companies that much easier!

  3. James Doyle says:

    the image caption of the machine sampling  radioactivity in unit 3 is actually a concrete pump reconfigured to pump water by remote control, typically into the almost inaccessible spent fuel pools.

  4. Seraphim_72 says:

    Oh wait,  http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/RS_Deaths_confirmed_at_Fukushima_Daiichi_0304111.html, I mean if we get to call every accident here is yours.

  5. jphilby says:

    “people who have worked in the nuclear industry or whose parents did. The
    need to earn a living will cause people to take terrible health risks.”

    Indeed. It will also encourage employers to downplay or even fail to mention those health risks. In 1947, U.S. Atomic Energy Commission labs reported 12 deaths, and 500 acute cases, of berylliosis. And yet tens of thousands of workers were exposed in the half-century that followed. http://www.wired.com/thisdayintech/2009/07/dayintech_0715/

  6. Trent Hawkins says:

    I wonder why they’ve yet to call real experts in to deal with this.

    I’m sure there’s plenty of Chernobyl experts that wouldn’t mind lending a hand, I mean compared to their day job this is a walk in the park.

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