Japan's radioactive water leaks: How dangerous?
In this Aug. 26, 2013 file photo, Japanese Trade Minister Toshimitsu Motegi, right, in a protective gear inspects storage tanks at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant at Okuma town in Fukushima prefecture, northeastern Japan.
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#1 Sep 4, 2013
Not very, fortunately. After all this is radioactive material, not oil.
This leak is not millions of barrels of oil turning into carcinogen-rich smoke and wafting over entire countries (e.g. Saddam's oil fires) or an oil slick polluting the entire US southern coast (tar balls in your mouth, anyone?) This is not a runaway oil train exploding in a huge ball of fire, wiping out a town, and killing scores of people.
But the continuing 3-stooge-like handling of the Fukushima incident is a worrisome sign regarding the japanese government's ability to actually govern.
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