Quote:"As the scale of Japanâ€™s nuclear crisis begins to come to light, experts in Japan and the United States say the country is now facing a cascade of accumulating problems that suggest that radioactive releases of steam from the crippled plants could go on for weeks or even months."
"Pentagon officials reported Sunday that helicopters flying 60 miles from the plant picked up small amounts of radioactive particulates â€” still being analyzed, but presumed to include cesium-137 and iodine-121 â€” suggesting widening environmental contamination."
"workers at the pumping operation are presumed to be exposed to radiation; several workers, according to Japanese reports, have been treated for radiation poisoning. It is not clear how severe their exposure was."
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A really frightening thing was said, a nuclear engineer with experience in these types of reactors, who now works for the govt, was emphatic. â€œTo completely stop venting, theyâ€™re going to have to put some sort of equipment back in service"
That equipment is not going back on line anytime soon. I'm seeing a real environmental catastrophe in the making.