Monday, March 14
Japan Grapples With Reality That Radioactive Releases Could Last Months
Japan is struggling to contain a growing crisis with its nuclear power plants. Officials now say that the cooling systems at a third reactor have failed. The inability to cool a runaway reactor is what precipitated the earlier explosions at two other reactors. While no one believes the threat of radioactive contamination is anywhere close to that caused by the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, no country has ever faced critical failures at multiple reactors at the same time. Olli Heinonen, a former deputy director general at the International Atomic Energy Agency and now a senior fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, joins us.