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Monday, March 14, 2011

Japanese Scramble To Stop Possible Meltdown At Nuclear Power Plants

Fire department officials wait for arriving residents evacuated from areas surrounding the Fukushima nuclear facilities Sunday, in Koriyama city, Japan. (AP)

Fire department officials wait for arriving residents evacuated from areas surrounding the Fukushima nuclear facilities Sunday, in Koriyama city, Japan. (AP)

Japan is bracing for a third possible explosion at its troubled  Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant. Two hydrogen explosions have already rocked the plant, injuring several workers. Water levels dropped severely at another reactor, completely exposing the fuel rods and raising the threat of a meltdown, which happens when the fuel pellets get so hot, they burn through the containment structures.

We speak with Paddy Regan, a nuclear physicist at the University of Surrey in the U.K.


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  • Guest

    I listened to your segment on the nuclear crisis in Japan, and was disappointed with the shallow level of your understanding of what is actually happening. You failed to let your guest accurately explain the facts and instead used your oversimplified and inaccurate understanding to drive the discussion in the direction of assumptions rather than facts. You therefore succeeded in further confusing your listening audience with an inaccurate and untrue depiction of what is occurring. Nuclear power can be very dangerous, and should be treated with respect and a healthy amount of skepticism. However, lets not create fear where it should not exist.

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