Original story from Truth-out October 1, 2013
An interesting video from Arnie Gunderson about the current state of Fukushima.
Jessica Desvarieux, TRNN Producer: Welcome to The Real News Network. I’m Jessica Desvarieux in Baltimore.
On the heels of Tokyo winning the bid for the 2020 Olympic Games, Japan’s prime minister visited the Fukushima site for the first time since the nuclear disaster in March 2011.
Shinzö Abe, Japanese Prime Minister (Voiceover Transl.): I have visited Fukushima because I also told the world earlier in Buenos Aires that there will be no health concerns and that there is nothing to worry about.
Desvarieux: Now joining us to discuss the unfolding of the events at Fukushima is Arnie Gunderson. He has over 40 years of nuclear power engineering experience. And Arnie holds a nuclear safety patent. He was a licensed reactor operator and is a former nuclear industry senior vice president.
Arnie, thanks for joining us.
Arnie Gundersen, Chief Engineer, Fairewinds: Hi. Thanks for having me.
Desvarieux: Let’s first start off with Japan’s prime minister’s visit. He’s saying there is no reason to be worried. Meanwhile, TEPCO seems to be scrambling to contain the leaking radioactive material, and there are reports of fish being radioactive and possible birth defects from the disaster. What do you think is happening here? Should we be worried?
Gundersen: Well, first off, Prime Minister Abe didn’t tell the truth. There’s no doubt about it. The plant is leaking into the Pacific Ocean extensively. And, yeah, we are seeing deformed fish, we are seeing deformed animals, and we are seeing thyroid cancers already. So his comment was a public relations stint designed to win the Olympics, but in fact it has no bases in reality. He really didn’t appreciate how hard the people on that site are working against incredible odds. You know, show up for half a day and then leave and wish them all well–that’s not what a true leader really does.