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Reports that run nuclear fuel rods.
Are now completely exposed in that plant in Japan this is the second incidents.
Of the explosions now nuclear experts are saying that radioactive material could spread there.
Over the course of the next several weeks so can Japan learn anything from the 19793.
Mile island nuclear accident in Pennsylvania.
Who better fast and the man who handled that disaster there back in 1979 he joins us now he's a former governor and US attorney general Dick -- good morning good to see -- her.
One -- -- winning -- these reports that these fuel rods are now exposed.
You know it must take you back to your own experience in Pennsylvania in -- -- how how afraid are you for the people of Japan right now.
Well there there's an eerie similarity between what's going on Japan now -- what we had to deal with that that.
Three Mile Island in 1979.
But of course they're enormous differences we didn't have to deal with -- record earthquake and tsunami but the problem it is essentially the same and that is bringing the reactor.
To a cold shut down.
And the news that to some of the fuel rods are presently exposed.
As happened during a partial meltdown that.
Three Mile Island is is not good news -- -- now.
You know obviously this raises a lot of questions about nuclear power here we're always looking for more ways to -- energy here at home.
And one of those ways has been to put more money the president has authorized 36 billion dollars in the current budget -- the 2012 budget I should say.
For nuclear energy but here's -- cover appears with senator Lieberman had to say about our programs here at home on this over the weekend house -- -- lesson.
The reality is that we're watching.
Something unfold and we don't know where it's going with regard to the nuclear power plants.
And he Japan right now and I think it calls on us here in the US actually not to stop building nuclear power plants plants would put the brakes on right now.
-- anything about that.
That's a natural reaction I think it's the same thing that happened following the Three Mile Island accident you -- it would digest that.
Lessons that are learned from having to deal -- -- -- expected -- catastrophe.
Fact the matter is that we get about 20% of our electrical energy from nuclear power now through under and four.
Nuclear reactors operating throughout the country we're not gonna shut those down or forgo that the question is how do you safely and rationally integrate.
Plans for development of nuclear power -- your present base.
-- -- -- Well one of the major problems as we've faced over the years is the disposal of spent fuel -- and there is a yet.
Commission that the president appointed headed by former congressman Lee Hamilton and former national security advisor Brent Scowcroft that.
I think will have to face up to that with increased diligence given the developments in Japan.
You know it's well last -- -- -- one of their older reactors that they have this problem and an -- that the way to build a new ones.
Wouldn't have this problem to the same extent under these kind of conditions.
It is that not a good argument perhaps to go forward with the building of some of these newer plants and maybe take a look at some of our older ones.
Other that's my understanding -- course that technical problems that are involved in these.
How are legion but.
Clearly anything that can be done to improve the safety.
And the operating reliability of these finances is a good thing and that's been done in large part.
For the careful attention given to the nuclear industry since 1979 in the Three Mile Island that.
Wi -- fun experience sad that act -- great to have you us this morning thank you so much.
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