Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Contamination Cleanup a Daunting Prospect

What could be more daunting than a 9.0-magnitude earthquake, a killer tsunami and leaking nuclear power plants? Cleaning up all that radioactive contamination. Thomas McKone, a senior environmental scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, says cleaning things up from Japan's crippled nuclear power plants will be a complex, expensive task. "It's happening at slow enough motion that we can take actions. But the actions we have to take to prevent people from being exposed are enormously expensive and complicated," McKone told Discovery News. More>