Japan's Multiple Nuclear Power Plant Failures Should Move U.S. Toward a Phased Closure of Its Nuclear Industry
Interview with Dr. Ira Helfand, past president and current board member of Physicians for Social Responsibility, conducted by Scott Harris
Workers at Japan's Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant complex, have been working around the clock to repair the failed safety systems of six nuclear reactors, damaged by a devastasting tsunami triggered by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake on March 11. Efforts were underway to reconnect all of the reactors to the electrical grid, to power cooling systems that can help reduce radioactive emissions into the environment. The number 3 reactor unit, powered by a mix of uranium and plutonium - or "Mox," is being monitored closely, as the fuel is volatile and plutonium is one of the most toxic substances known to man.
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