Nuclear Engineer: Ft. Calhoun nuclear plant “likely would have melted down” if operators were not forced by NRC to make enhancements before major flooding (VIDEO)

Published: April 29th, 2012 at 9:30 pm ET


Title: Arnie Gundersen Interview
Source: WBAI’s Five O’Clock Shadow
Date Uploaded: Apr. 29, 2012
Uploaded by: rumorecurioso

At 2:45 in

Back in ’09 [the NRC] did force Ft. Calhoun to do flood enhancements. Had they not done that, the plant likely would have melted down.

More on Ft. Calhoun’s troubles via KETV Omaha: Feds: Nuke Plant Fire Was Major Threat

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Published: April 29th, 2012 at 9:30 pm ET


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14 comments to Nuclear Engineer: Ft. Calhoun nuclear plant “likely would have melted down” if operators were not forced by NRC to make enhancements before major flooding (VIDEO)

  • hbjon hbjon

    This just in.. NPP slightly more dangerous than a chocolate factory. It almost melted in our mouths and hands.

  • Nuts, the ad hock remedies to keep in the waters out was a total joke for nuclear plants that are supposed to be do expert's built and ran by experts, They are IDIOTS !

  • Anyone been checking the air and water in the area ?

  • Jebus Jebus

    Ya, I'm wondering, how many nuclear engineers it took, to figure out how to blow up, that giant slip-n-slide at that poorly located, unprepared, low bidder nuclear power plant?
    I know it only took one, trying to figure out how to drive a backhoe, to pop it…

  • NoNukes NoNukes

    This is some kind of code?

  • Jebus Jebus

    Not sure if you are refering to my post or the thread topic??

    But anyways, for anyone who missed this event, start from the bottom and work your way up to today….

    • NoNukes NoNukes

      Oh no, Jebus, I understood your post immediately. Sorry for the confusion.

      I was just wondering about Gundersen praising the NRC, here.

      • Jebus Jebus

        Well, I think that Arnie has to say what he says and give bits of credit where it is slightly due. Keeping both ends of the loop tied together must be a tremendous challenge for him. He is swimming against the current posting these vids. His information, however cryptic, is invaluable, where there is none from the industry…

        • NoNukes NoNukes


          I hope that he is just being political. My mind first went to the sky high readings on Potrblog this month, wondering if this is a veiled reference to a source of those spikes in addition to Fukushima. Someone here said that Fukushima is like watching the Kremlin, we make do with interpreting how the lies are told.

          • Hi, NoNukes. All nuclear plants dump radioactive contaminates into the air and water, they just 'normally' do it slowly ("below limits" for specified time periods). The old standard "Dilution Is The Solution To Pollution." But doing that sometimes results in a large backlog of contaminated water and/or gases that NEED to be vented, but can't be zeroed out with the usual everyday contributions. Most plants are literally "filthy."

            So occasionally they dump the accumulated backlog, especially at times when they believe nobody's looking (testing air and water), or some other nuclear event happens that will provide cover. This has been SOP for the entire lifetime of nuclear power.

            Not to mention that Japan's still got about 11 reactors in various states of serious disrepair (and present crisis) from the 3/11/11 earthquake. Many or all of those are dumping on a regular basis too. Not all the contamination being measured around the world is coming from Daiichi.

          • HoTaters HoTaters

            NoNukes, I'm kind of butting in here, but I think he needs to be politically minded for the sake of getting his work done. If he comes on too strong, he'll alienate people he needs to work with. "Cryptic' is a good word for it! 'Have to agree he's swimming against the current on this ….

            I love the comment about watching the Kremlin, BTW. My European relatives live in several countries, some of which used to be Soviet Satellite countries. They were needfully paranoid at the time ….

            • HoTaters HoTaters

              That is, my relatives in Europe live in several European countries, some of which used to be part of the Soviet Union …. (It's getting late and me brain is tired.)