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Six studies were commissioned to help clean up Fukushima soil and environment –

…..And this is an international team of scientists that commissions these studies. It is funded by multiple nations, but based in Moscow. Tremendous science is being applied to this.

It remains to be seen whether humans, plants or animals will have much chance right there around the perimeter of the nuclear power plants in Fukushima for many years to come…

Rep. Cynthia Lummis

Rep. Cynthia Lummis, a congressman from the US State of Wyoming,

http://voiceofrussia.com/2014_01_31/Russia-an-important-relationship-for-US-nuclear-energy-sector-US-congresswoman-7436/

Recently you went to Russia. Was it your first trip? And what was the purpose of your visit?

It was my first trip to Russia. I was so impressed and pleasantly surprised with my trip to Moscow. I had never been there, but I had impressions from American movies that it was dull and drab, kind of dirty, and nothing could have been further from the truth. It was so beautiful. The buildings are lovely, it was extremely clean, the people were very nice. It seemed very cosmopolitan, and I was extremely impressed with Moscow. We did not get to meet with Mr. Putin because he was busy with Sochi, with the Olympics, with the situation in Kiev and other matters that were regionally important. So, that was one of the meetings that we had hoped to have that we did not. But we had a wonderful meeting with an international group that is based in Moscow that would help with the mediation of the nuclear disaster in Fukushima and also monitoring. And based on the repurposing of the Russian scientists after the Cold War ended to look at civilian and energy uses of the nuclear power, a tremendous amount of the Russian expertise is coming to the fore in the issues of the mediation and monitoring when it comes to nuclear power plants. So, that was fascinating. I am on the Science and Technology Committee here in the Congress and it was right up my alley. So, I would have to say that my trip to Moscow, my very first trip, was very impressive, I was pleasantly surprised and hugely convinced that this is an important relationship for the United States.

How difficult is the situation in Fukushima? Some experts, scientists say that the worst is behind us, some say that it is even getting worse and worse.

Too soon to tell. I do know that with regard to soil contamination that could affect the livability in Fukushima for both people and plants and animals there is a lot of work to be done.

Six studies were commissioned: three based on the Chernobyl experience and three more that were based outside of Ukraine that are going to be revealed in April of this year to help understand how we can monitor and remediate the soil around the Fukushima. And this is an international team of scientists that commissions these studies. It is funded by multiple nations, but based in Moscow. Tremendous science is being applied to this. It remains to be seen whether humans, plants or animals will have much chance right there around the perimeter of the nuclear power plants in Fukushima for many years to come.

Really the more consequential issue is the oceans, the currents, the concerns that the global community has about radioactive material moving around the world by way of ocean currents. So, that is the much more sticky wicket that will have to be studied and dealt with by the scientists. The good news is that it is an application of tremendous global expertise to a problem that was experienced in Japan, where science based on previous incidents such as Chernobyl can be very helpful and telling. … More on link

January 31, 2014 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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