The Real Danger of Spent Nuclear Fuel

16 Mar 2011

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The nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan, in the aftermath of one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded, highlights the risks associated with nuclear plants all over the world. Harvey Wasserman, editor of NukeFree.org, weighs in on the situation.

According to Wasserman, the spent fuel outside and atop the nuclear reactors in Japan, can lead to additional explosions with huge radiation releases.

Of most concern is the fact is that one of the nuclear reactors in Fukushima uses plutonium as a source of fuel. Plutonium is the most lethal substance known to human kind. If even the smallest particle is ingested, it can cause lung cancer. 

The most serious part of the current situation, says Wasserman, is that no one really knows how serious the situation is, including the technicians working to stabilize the nuclear reactors.

The US military, which is 100 miles out to sea is already picking up signs of radiation on their ships.

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