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Radiation Expert: California Fukushima Exposure being Covered up - Kevin Kamps

The Daily PostJun 27, 2014, 12:45:30 AM
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A radioactive waste specialist, Kevin Kamps, says the condition of the high-level radioactive waste storage pools at the Fukushima-Daiichi reactors remain dangerous. Another big earthquake could prompt a sudden drain-down of the Unit 4 high-level radioactive waste storage pool.

Kamps also says few lessons from Fukushima have been learned in the U.S. One of the most important being that high density U.S. pools should be emptied into hardened on-site storage as soon as possible. This being before the worst could happen whether due to an earthquake or a potential terrorist attack.

Scientists say that very low levels of radiation from the Fukushima nuclear disaster are now about to reach ocean waters along the US West Coast next month. But it will not be at levels dangerous to humans or wildlife. They are calling for more monitoring as no federal agency currently sample Pacific Coast seawater for radiation.They say unless we have results, how do we know it's safe? It's been three years since the Fukushima disaster and thousands in Japan have called on the government to rid themselves of all their nuclear power, for good.

Kamps said: "The condition of the high-level radioactive waste storage pools at the Fukushima-Daiichi reactors remains perilous. Another big earthquake could prompt a sudden drain-down of the Unit 4 high-level radioactive waste storage pool. The Unit 3 pool may be in even worse shape. ... Few lessons from Fukushima have been learned in the U.S. One of the most important should be that high density U.S. pools are emptied into hardened on-site storage as soon as possible, before the worst happens, whether due to natural disaster or terrorist attack."

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