FROM Edwin Lyman
Japan Set to Reactivate Nuclear Reactors Next Week Seventy years ago, Japan became only nation ever hit with an atomic weapon. Four years ago, it suffered one of history's worst nuclear accidents. Now Japan is about to do something that's never been done before: re-start the fleet of nuclear reactors mothballed after the meltdowns at Fukushima. Edwin Lyman is senior scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists in Washington.
Japanese Consider Entombing Four Malfunctioning Reactors "Decommissioning" nuclear reactors means cleaning up all radioactivity and progressively dismantling the plant. But after the worst nuclear disaster in 25 years, and despite three weeks of trying to bring four damaged Fukushima reactors under control, Japan is officially under "maximum alert." The country has decided to give up on the reactors and is now considering whether to entomb them by covering them with concrete and a special fabric to curb the spread of radiation into the air. Edwin Lyman is senior staff scientist in the Global Security program at the Union of Concerned Scientists .
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