Tuesday, April 5, 2011

No easy solutions for nuclear leaks

Engineers tried to stem a leak of highly radioactive water spilling into the Pacific with a new method Sunday after concrete failed to seal the crack at a Japanese nuclear power plant incapacitated by last month's earthquake-spawned tsunami. A search of site found no other leaks.


People need to realize that these installations do not come with immediately responsive on / off switches for use in times of crisis.

Whether it's an oil well in the Gulf of Mexico or a nuclear plant in Japan, an unanticipated disastrous leak will last days and weeks and months and possibly one day until there's nothing left to leak.

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