Experts to discuss concerns about radioactive dispersion; viewers can ask questions via Twitter during May 9 session
FRISCO — More than two years have passed since a 9.0 earthquake and a 50-foot tsunami catastrophically damaged the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant on Japan’s northeast coast, but questions still linger about the long-term impacts of radioactive pollution in the ocean.
The quake and tsunami killed about 20,000 people, and some coastal Japanese fisheries are still closed due to concern about the radiation. Next week, an international panel of scientists will discuss the accident and potential impacts to the environment and human health in a web-streamed session at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
Experts say policy shift has decoupled energy and economic growth
By Summit Voice
FRISCO — Germany was moving away from reliance on nuclear power long before the 2011 disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. The country has a history of civil confrontations over nuclear reactors and processing facilities. So the decision by the German government to phase out nuclear power didn’t come as a shock to anyone.
What is more surprising is that the shift in policy has fundamentally altered the traditional equation of energy and economic growth.
Some debris could reach North American shores this winter
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — With ocean-borne wreckage from the 2011 Fukushima tsunami headed for the shores of North America, researchers and public safety officials are trying to determine whether there are any health risks associated with the debris.