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    August 30th, 2013
    09:02 AM ET
    Why Fukushima is worse than you think
    By Mycle Schneider, Special to CNN

    Editor?s note: Mycle Schneider is an independent international consultant on energy and nuclear policy based in Paris. He is the coordinator and lead author of the World Nuclear Industry Status Report. The views expressed are his own.

    ?Careless? was how Toyoshi Fuketa, commissioner of the Japanese Nuclear Regulation Authority, reportedly described the inspection quality of hundreds of water tanks at the crippled Fukushima plant following the recent discovery of a serious radioactive spill. China?s Foreign Ministry went further, saying it was ?shocking? that radioactive water was still leaking into the Pacific Ocean two years after the Fukushima incident.

    Both comments are to the point, and although many inside and outside Japan surely did not realize how bad the March 11, 2011 disaster was ? and how bad it could get ? it seems clear now that we have been misled about the scale of the problem confronting Japan. The country needs international help ? and quickly...

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    Fukushima's radioactive ocean plume due to reach US waters in 2014
    August 31, 2013

    A radioactive plume of water in the Pacific Ocean from Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant, which was crippled in the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, will likely reach U.S. coastal waters starting in 2014, according to a new study. The long journey of the radioactive particles could help researchers better understand how the ocean?s currents circulate around the world.