CBS: “The worst case scenario was happening” at Fukushima — Cores may have burned into earth, releasing untold amounts of radiation if not for sea water injection — You really won’t know what happened until you see inside, says NRC (VIDEO)

Published: March 17th, 2012 at 5:29 pm ET
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Title: U.S. nuclear expert recounts Fukushima disaster
Source: CBS News
Date: March 16, 2012

[...] One of the experts sent into the emergency is Charles Casto. He’s a former nuclear plant operator working for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. He was America’s top expert at the scene [...]

Casto’s team reported to Washington in this conference call one year ago Friday: “At this point I would see the worse case scenario is three reactors that eventually having, for lack of a better term, a meltdown. So the reactors would likely, eventually, you would eventually breach primary containment and have some kind of release.”

The worst case scenario was happening. [...]

“What in your estimation was the key moment that prevented this from becoming a much greater tragedy than it was?” Pelley asked Casto.

“When Yoshida-san put ocean water to the reactors, that was a key moment.”

“Did everyone agree that flooding them with sea water was the right thing to do?” asked Pelley.

“Not everyone agreed,” said Casto. [...]

Had he not, we now know the cores may have burned all the way into earth, releasing untold amounts of radiation.

“You really won’t know until you get in there and can get a video camera or some device in there to know what really happened,” said Casto.

“How long would that be?” Pelley asked.

“It could take years to understand exactly what happened.”

Today Fukushima is in a safe condition called “cold shutdown.” [...]

More from Casto: Top US Nuke Official: Melted core penetrates concrete at 2 inches per hour -- No doubt containment is lost during blackout -- Manual tells you everything except how to stop it -- Mark I worst of all (AUDIO)

See also: Analysis: Melted fuel completely penetrated concrete in under 15 hours at GE Mark I -- Shows little decline in speed (CHART)

Published: March 17th, 2012 at 5:29 pm ET
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23 comments to CBS: “The worst case scenario was happening” at Fukushima — Cores may have burned into earth, releasing untold amounts of radiation if not for sea water injection — You really won’t know what happened until you see inside, says NRC (VIDEO)

  • dharmasyd dharmasyd

    Once again we hear the words…

    "Today Fukushima is in a safe condition called 'cold shutdown
    [...]…'"

    From MSM (CBS)

    And at the end of an interview with an expert,
    NRC Commissioner Charles Casto

    Haha, Hoho, I don't believe a word, you know!


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  • Bobby1

    Why do I get the feeling that it's really 1951, and I am in Moscow, reading press releases from the Kremlin in Tass?


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  • This is not exsplianing much and seems to agree that the plants are in cold shutdowns and the cores did not melt through !


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  • Kevin Kevin

    What utter gibberish.

    We do know that the sea water resulted in new chemistry, unknown till this experience. Much of which resulted in capturing dangerous radionuclides and transforming them into something that can travel great distances both on in the air and water.

    This hyperbolic damage control measure is remarkable in its deception. IF cold shutdown has been achieved by these measures why is it going to take years to understand the status of the reactors? How can he claim it worked to prevent a worst case scenario when in fact he goes on to state it will take years to know?

    This is desperate messaging, in tune with the official story, not resembling the facts but covering them up.

    It is people doing this type of thing that need to take a long hard close look at themselves in the mirror.


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    • NoPrevarication NoPrevarication

      @Kevin

      I remember reading somewhere in the FOIA documents that the NRC had polled industry experts and sought their opinion about what to put on the reactors. The answer was that all of them agreed that one should put sand on them and definitely not water.

      So TEPCO put water. I wonder why Mr. Casto did not speak to this?


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Oy..lol..Heart is gonna smoke this guy…BBL


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  • dka

    If the NRC calls this "safe", than the NRC is the most untrustable agency that ever existed and will ever exist on earth, and we absolutely can't trust the nuclear industry. It means, this is the end of nuclear reactor.


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    • Mack Mack

      In 1974, the Atomic Energy Commission (the equivalent of today's NRC) was disbanded by Congress.

      It's time for Congress to disband the NRC.

      Passed history and the present record has shown they put the industry before safety.


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      • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

        Disbanding ONLY the NRC would be like shooting a BB gun at a safe.

        The safe is not harmed. It makes no difference. The same thing will just happen again.

        We need to get corporations out of Congress, White House, lobbyists, elections, and mass media. The corporations control them all, and tell their minions what to say, do and write.

        The Myths Of Capitalism Exposed
        http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/02/myths-of-capitalism-exposed.html

        The Art of Deception: The Cult of Nuclearists, Uranium Weapons and Fraudulent Science, via A Green Road Blog
        http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/03/primer-in-art-of-deception-cult-of.html


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        • Pallas89juno Pallas89juno

          Dear Green: Of course you're correct about disbanding NRC (or even NRC, or any other current nuclear regulatory, government or corporate body because none foster transparency or citizen control and solution generation to any of the problems inevitable with nuclear power.


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          • Mack Mack

            I'm thinking larger.

            If the NRC were disbanded, and a new regulatory body implemented that would rigidly enforce the expensive repairs and safety changes needed at aging nuclear power plants, then more owners of these reactors would opt out of the nuclear energy business and put their money elsewhere.

            In Greg Pallast's book he talks about a nuclear plant that was either shut down or stopped from being built (can't remember which) because it was too close to a golf course of the TPTB.

            When TPTB want a reactor shut down/not built, then every reason they once had for wanting it built/keeping it open suddenly falls by the wayside.

            It's all about $$. It's that simple.


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  • Sickputer

    Chuck got his cushy promotion after nearly a year in polluted Japan so he will toe the company line. If he stayed in a HEPA -filtered office in Japan and ate and drank imported food stuffs he might live to benefit from his well-paying job.

    Other than that I have no comment on his silly interviews with ignorant reporters. Chuck knows the truth and it is not in his personal benefit to reveal it. He works for the agency that is fighting to maintain a dying industry. Time will tell if we also die with it.


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  • Whoopie Whoopie

    Look at what Helen's Reading right now!!
    RT @DrHCaldicott Hooray may they never reopen. Currently reading http://t.co/zWwlXFE5


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  • Blown Camaro

    "It's in a safe condition now – called 'cold shutdown'"

    This is where I burst out in uncontrollable laughter. I have never laughed so hard at the ridiculousness of a news story in my entire life. I especially liked the ending where they implied that the U.S. reactors are now safer since the accident.

    HAHAHAHHAHHAHAHAHAHHHAHAHAHHAHHAHAHAHHA!

    Wow. Energy propaganda at its finest.


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  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Talk about effective constant distraction mind control techniques used on all the sheep.

    ("Other residents say it's not something that they worry about.
    "I think what's going to happen is what's going to happen," said San Clemente resident Tanner Payan.")

    Unbelievable as these people all live next to a live, active. leaking and hemorrhaging "Nuclear Bomb Energy Plant" simply incased in concrete.

    I sure hope they all have to pay their own personal "Health Insurance Premiums" directly out of their own pockets in order to get a real clue about what is really happening inside this nation we all live in.

    We can't blame this on the illegal aliens and this "Nuclear Power Industry" should be picking up the entire "Health Care Insurance Premium" tab for the entire nation!

    Why should any of us pay so that they can make profits from making us all sick?

    Where is logic hiding these days?


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