Fukushima Update 8.14.12; addition 8.15.12
We in the US have 29 nuclear power plants with the same design as the Fukushima plant. We have 104 nuclear power plants and because of Bush/Cheney we have started to build more plants. And that does not count the thousands of nuclear fuel plants in nuclear navy and the nuclear missiles hidden all over the US.
News from Fukushima (excerpts)
One former TEPCO employee who lived in the town of Tomioka, inside the 20-kilometer (15-mile) exclusion zone around the plant, told journalists during a rare visit to the Fukushima plant in February that she was frequently harassed by evacuees among the 100,000 displaced by the disaster.
Some 3,000 TEPCO employees and other contractors continue to labor daily at the plant in one of the world’s riskiest jobs – keeping three melted-down reactor cores as well as spent fuel pools cool through a makeshift system of water pipes.
They face a long haul: Removing the fuel and completely shutting down the plant could take 40 years.
Research from the 1986 Chernoby lnuclear disaster suggests that mental health problems will persist for years. Total mortality from Chernoby is estimated today at about one million. Environmental contamination will last centuries.