The fate of the badly damaged nuclear reactors at Fukushima 1 Nuclear Power Plant in Japan has been front-page news worldwide for weeks. But given the massive destruction at the power plant — with radiation leaking by air, ground, and sea — can the situation be contained? In this podcast, Dr. Theo Theofanous talks about the current state of Fukushima, with reactor cores in partial or total meltdown, and the options that the Japanese have for averting even greater disaster.
Theofanous is a professor of chemical and mechanical engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has decades of research experience in the design of nuclear reactors and of nuclear safety systems.
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This podcast is the second of a series of three with Theofanous about the Japanese nuclear crisis and its implications for nuclear power all around the world.
Music in this podcast includes Revolve by His Boy Elroy and Bring It On No Vox by Jamie Miller and David Matheson.
Also on Miller-McCune.com, how an expert in nuclear power safety soured on the energy source and turned to solar.