Sunday, May 15, 2011

Arnie Gundersen: 1 Step Forward, 4 Steps Backward at #Fukushima

Arnie Gundersen of Fairewinds Associates says:

  • Reactor 1's fuel melted and probably dropped to the Containment Vessel;

  • Reactor 2 is leaking like a sieve;

  • Reactor 3 may have another hydrogen explosion;

  • The plant has sunk about a foot, and the concrete foundation may have cracked.

So what was the "step forward"? That TEPCO was able to enter the Reactor 1 reactor building to install equipments to measure the true water levels.

He also refers to the ramification on the US nuclear regulations now that it has been proven possible for a Containment Vessel to get damaged. The Containment Vessels for the Reactors 1, 2 and 3 at Fukushima are all officially acknowledged to have been damaged.

Toward the end, he mentions a high school in the contaminated area 50-60 kilometers from the plant. He says it is unconscionable to keep the school open.

Fukushima - One Step Forward and Four Steps Back as Each Unit Challenged by New Problems from Fairewinds Associates on Vimeo


Anonymous said...

Robbie001 sez:

So more evidence of a prompt criticality and not a peep outside this video and a few on the ball blogs. The I-131 ratios clinches it for me like Arnie said at this point in the accident I-131 should be hard to detect but it keeps cropping up in ratios far out of proportion to the observed Cs-137 numbers.

Once again the MSM is looking the other way while their financial masters run roughshod over the facts. Various news outlets use Arnie for quick sound bites but none of them want to give him a 10 minutes a week segment explaining the facts. Some people claim his "idle" speculations aren't helpful but these same people are more than happy to listen to TEPCO's constant official hopes and wishes list like it isn't more than ridiculously hopeful speculation.

I'd bet TEPCO has know all primary and secondary reactor containment has failed since the gitgo but they can't bring themselves to admit it. They are hoping the IAEA will help them coach the failure in enough jargon and BS to cover-up the facts for most laymen.

Just don't let them forget they just re-licensed the reactor for another 10 "safe" years of operation they can't hide behind "the reactor was old and tired". Most of the reactors in operation are old and the US NRC is handing out extended licenses and power uprates as fast as the requests come in.

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