The Fallout Grows At Fukushima


It's easy to forget, but one of the most important parts of a nuclear power plant is the simplest one: H[subscript 2]O. The thermal energy created by a nuclear reaction generates steam, which drives electric turbines, and the excess heat is then dissipated in pools of water. When something goes wrong at a nuclear plant, water is usually involved.

So it is with the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in northern Japan. Nearly 2½ years after Fukushima suffered a meltdown in the wake of a massive tsunami, the Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO)...

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