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Arnie Gundersen, Fairewinds Chief Engineer: When there’s no liquid inside the containment, there’s no capture of the cesium. So whatever cesium was inside that containment was leaking out of the containment. […]
Well that changes the game dramatically. Instead of 1% of the cesium, it’s likely that 20 or 30% of the cesium were released.
At that point, that’s very similar to what we saw at Chernobyl. So I’ve been saying the Fukushima accident was very comparable to the Chernobyl accident […]
They’re trying to claim that only 1% of the cesium got out because that’s what the old tests showed. What the old tests showed don’t match this slide 67 (right), the infrared picture. The infrared picture shows hot radioactive gases being released directly out into the atmosphere 9 days after the accident.
It’s a really important discovery and I hope that the people doing dose assessments will understand that they’re not dealing with a reactor containment that had water in it. They’re dealing with a reactor containment that had hot gas in it.
Published: March 28th, 2013 at 11:14 am ET