• Question: what would you do after all the radioactive water is cleaned up at fukushima

    Asked by iijames000v to Sarah on 19 Nov 2013.
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      Sarah Tesh answered on 19 Nov 2013:

      Do you mean personally or if I was in control at Fukushima? For the second part, once the water has been cleaned up and is under the legal contamination limit they will be able to release it into the Pacific ocean safely. They will probably also re-use the water to keep cooling the reactor cores within the buildings and keep up the cycle of cleaning and re-using – at least that’s what I would do to save contaminating even more water. Then once the cores are cooled, it can be decommissioned – a complicated process for a nuclear power station.

      And then for me personally and my work, if my material gets used at Fukushima, hopefully it will generate enough money and industry interest to allow for large scale production for use by other companies and households. My main hope is that it will help people in developing countries who have no access to safe water.