Nuclear Contamination in Japan

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Susan Page
Nuclear Contamination in Japan

High levels of radioactivity in water in and around one of Japan's damaged reactors complicate ongoing clean-up efforts. Diane and a panel of experts provide an update on the nuclear contamination crisis and implications for the industry worldwide.

Japan's nuclear regulators reported yesterday that some highly contaminated water is flowing from one of the damaged nuclear reactors at the Fukushima power plant and that this water could soon leak into the ocean. In addition, increased levels of plutonium have been found in the soil, but the source of this plutonium is unclear. Risks of radiation exposure continue to hinder workers struggling to contain the crisis which began after a tsunami knocked out power for critical cooling systems at the plant earlier this month: Understanding the challenges, health risks, and lessons to be learned from the nuclear crisis in Japan.


Ken Belson

reporter, New York Times

Philip White

international liaison officer,
Citizens' Nuclear Information Center

John Boice

professor of medicine, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
scientific director, International Epidemiology Institute

Edwin Lyman

senior scientist, Union of Concerned Scientists

Nathan Hultman

assistant professor, School of Public Policy,
University of Maryland
nonresident fellow, The Brookings Institution

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