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April 18, 2011

Japan Sends In Robots

Robots sent into the heart of the nuclear disaster scene in Japan have found that radiation levels "remain too harsh for human workers to enter."

Via the BBC:
Tepco spokesman Takeshi Makigami said: "What robots can do is limited, so eventually, people must enter the buildings."

The plant operator said it hoped to reduce radiation leaks in three months and to cool the reactors within nine months.

Meanwhile, "Laurent Stricker, chairman of the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO), says that the disaster at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant should mark a turning point for an industry that many experts believe has become complacent about the safety of its reactors." But many U.S. policy makers are still pushing for the expansion of nuclear energy. Get the facts on nuclear. It's costly, unsustainable, and insanely risky.

Billions of dollars are being spent on cleaning up the Fukushima tragedy. 1 Off the Block put an eye-catching infographic together that illustrates what it would've looked like had that money gone instead toward solar-energy investing:

Infographic

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-- Brian Foley

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