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Japan Plans 'Ice Wall' to Block Leaking Radiation


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Officials and nuclear experts inspect a construction site to prevent the seepage of contaminated water at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant on August 6, 2013.
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Officials and nuclear experts inspect a construction site to prevent the seepage of contaminated water at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant on August 6, 2013.

Japan says it plans to build an "ice wall" around the Fukushima nuclear plant to stop radioactive water from spreading further. But critics say there are environmental and political risks to such a move. We discuss the efforts to control the leaks, and look at how the radioactive waste might affect the West Coast of America.

Host: Michael Krasny

Guests:

  • Daniel Madigan, postdoctoral researcher at Stony Brook University in New York and co-author of two studies on radiation levels in bluefish tuna in the Pacific Ocean
  • Eliza Strickland, associate editor at IEEE Spectrum, a magazine that focuses on technology and engineering
  • Kenji Kushida, research associate in Japanese studies at Stanford University's Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center
  • Matt Charette, senior scientist in the Department of Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

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