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    U.S. experts: significant water contamination in Japan

    “I don't think this can be sugar-coated at this point.” — Edwin Lyman, a physicist and expert on nuclear plant design at the U.S.-based Union of Concerned Scientists

    The news from Japan only grows more ominous.

    Excerpted from “U.S. experts: significant water contamination in Japan” By Deborah Zabarenko, Environment Correspondent, Reuters, Mon Mar 28, 2011 4:58pm EDT
    Groundwater, reservoirs and sea water around Japan's earthquake damaged nuclear plant face "significant contamination" from the high levels of radiation leaking from the plant, a worrying development that heightens potential health risks in the region.

    Nuclear and environmental scientists in the United States darkened their assessment of the risks markedly on Monday after operators at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant said that highly radioactive water has entered underground concrete tunnels extending beyond the reactor. …
    See also: Contaminated Water Escaping Nuclear Plant, Japanese Regulator Warns — The New York Times — March 28, 2011
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    Re: U.S. experts: significant water contamination in Japan

    Thank goodness that new technology has made this type of problem impossible in new plants that are under consideration here.

    This is a problem and no one alive today will live long enough to see see this situation be cleared up.

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