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Fukushima damage leaves spent fuel at risk-U.S. lawmaker

Posted By admin On April 17, 2012 @ 2:53 am In World News | Comments Disabled

Roberta Rampton
Reuters [1]
April 17, 2012

Japan, with assistance from the U.S. government, needs to do more to move spent fuel rods out of harm’s way at the tsunami-stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, said U.S. Senator Ron Wyden on Monday.

Wyden, a senior Democratic senator on the Senate Energy committee, toured the ruined Fukushima plant on April 6, and said the damage was far worse than he expected.

“Seeing the extent of the disaster first-hand during my visit conveyed the magnitude of this tragedy and the continuing risks and challenges in a way that news accounts cannot,” said Wyden in a letter to Ichiro Fujisaki, Japan’s ambassador to the United States.

Last March, an earthquake followed by a tsunami wrecked the Fukushima plant, causing the world’s worst nuclear accident in 25 years and prompting global scrutiny of the safety of nuclear power plants.

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[1] Reuters: http://www.trust.org/alertnet/news/fukushima-damage-leaves-spent-fuel-at-risk-us-lawmaker

[2] U.S. regulator saw serious Fukushima fuel damage soon after disaster: http://www.prisonplanet.com/u-s-regulator-saw-serious-fukushima-fuel-damage-soon-after-disaster.html

[3] Fukushima still spewing massive radiation plumes; America in ‘huge trouble,’ says nuclear expert: http://www.prisonplanet.com/fukushima-still-spewing-massive-radiation-plumes-america-in-huge-trouble-says-nuclear-expert.html

[4] Asahi Shinbun Confirms Nuclear Rods In Pressure Vessels And Spent Fuel Pools Are Damaged: http://www.prisonplanet.com/asahi-shinbun-confirms-nuclear-rods-in-pressure-vessels-and-spent-fuel-pools-are-damaged.html

[5] Fukushima fuel rods may have completely melted: http://www.prisonplanet.com/fukushima-fuel-rods-may-have-completely-melted.html

[6] Due to International Pressure, Tepco Agrees to Start Removing Radioactive Fuel from Fukushima Fuel Pool a Year Early: http://www.prisonplanet.com/due-to-international-pressure-tepco-agrees-to-start-removing-radioactive-fuel-from-fukushima-fuel-pool-a-year-early.html

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