The portrait that’s emerging of working condition inside those crippled Japanese nuclear power plants is, bluntly, horrific. This from the New York Times.
Engineers at the plant, working at tremendous personal risk, on Tuesday continued efforts to cool down the most heavily damaged unit, reactor No. 2, by pumping in seawater.
Apparently, some four dozen workers have remained behind, using simple hoses to bathe volatile radioactive fuel rods in sea water, and battling full-blown blazes.
After Chernobyl, many workers died or were permanently disabled. These brave souls in Japan are operating in an environment that appears increasingly toxic, not to mention literally explosive.
One can only imagine the courage and mental fortitude required to keep working in the shadow of so much peril.