Gundersen: Intake Structure that cools reactor and spent fuel pool is probably most vulnerable part of Ft. Calhoun nuke plan — Critical that it stays dry (VIDEO)

Published: June 28th, 2011 at 6:26 pm ET


Arnie Gundersen on Five O’clock Shadow with Robert Knight, WBAI, June 28, 2011 at 5:00 pm EDT:

  • Intake structure probably the most vulnerable, not auxiliary and containment buildings…
  • Intake structure draws in river water that cools reactor and spent fuel pool… critical that it stay dry…
  • If gets water in it and emergency service water pumps fail then you’ve got a case where you’re going to cause fuel damage…
  • Probably the most vulnerable at Ft Calhoun…

See also: May 16 report foreshadowed yesterday’s “event” at Calhoun nuke plant: Flooding of Intake Structure could jeopardize abilty to cool reactor


Published: June 28th, 2011 at 6:26 pm ET


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  2. May 16 report foreshadowed yesterday’s “event” at Calhoun nuke plant: Flooding of Intake Structure could jeopardize abilty to cool reactor June 17, 2011
  3. Mystery fire at Ft. Calhoun nuke plant: Disabled ability to cool spent fuel pool — Feds sending special team of inspectors to learn more — Reactor will not restart until cause determined September 12, 2011
  4. Many containers of fuel to power pumps were washed away after breach at Ft. Calhoun nuke plant June 27, 2011
  5. 100% chance of reactor core damage if floodwaters went above 1010 ft. at Ft. Calhoun nuke plant, NRC said in 2010 — River now around 1,007 ft. and expected to rise June 27, 2011

97 comments to Gundersen: Intake Structure that cools reactor and spent fuel pool is probably most vulnerable part of Ft. Calhoun nuke plan — Critical that it stays dry (VIDEO)

  • jwfuki

    Just earlier, like 30 minutes ago, I posted that I haven’t heard from “Old Arnie” lately.

    Well it’s about time!

    Glad to see he’s still on top of things(I hope).

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    Great to see you Arnie!! Wish you’d do many more interviews!

  • GreenPharao

    Just read somewhere that he’s been on the road for a while, but now he’s back in office and he’ll soon start posting new video’s.

    • Whoopie Whoopie

      Hope so!

    • ocifferdave

      We of little faith, huh? Poor arnie got a badgering behind his back by us. Next time this guy decides to go have a life for two weeks lets not throw him so much negativity but much positivity! BTW, he probably reads what the internet peeps think about Fukushima and his responses to it, too.

      • tony wilson

        i think arnie is back cos he took my sage advice the other day.
        i said to him look arnie i understand ge and exelon have been calling you in the middle of the night,telling you to shut up or else.
        i can relate to the psychological trauma of being on a cia hit list.
        but uncle arnie they can only kill you once.
        so it is best to keep spilling the beans about this shit,you know what i mean geezer.
        he did not reply, but i took his silence as a sign that he was gonna come back bigger stronger and faster.
        arnie gundersen is steve austin.

  • tony wilson

    crappy kaku back in action spelling it out for the dumb folks…
    this time not promoting his new book.
    listen to the the presenter say hey whats happenin with fukishima brother, we don’t here about that place much anymore : )

    what makes me puke is the obscene speed they get through the reports.
    at least russia today give longer,this is fucking mass cancer.
    but no back to the propaganda or the nice happy story about a cop that saved a kitten.

    how about someone asking the head of fema why he needs millions of body bags..

    • theypoisonus

      You have to realize that most, if not all TV ”news” is censored to a certain degree.

      Before Kaku was allowed to be more forthright in interviews, he did the Austrailian 60 minutes show and had much more freedom of expression and truth. After that was shown via you tube, then the MSM had no recourse than to allow it here in the states.

      I, personally, do not find him to be the ‘authority’ of this subject, but he is much my willing to go by the guidelines than, say, Arnie, who has not ‘career’ with information.

      I would trust Arnie Gunderson miles before I would Kaku for knowledge. Arnie marches to a different drum than Kaku.

      Gee,,,, did I spell everything right?
      oh, well, spellchecker is here to make sure.. I have nothing to worry about ! 🙂

      • tony wilson

        if it is about book sales fine..
        it seems so debased to go on these dumb shows for 60sec then go home.
        maybe the money is good.
        what is the point vomiting the same stuff over and over.
        he must have beem promised a nice room and girls in the denver airport underground bunker.
        it is the times.
        i wonder what carl sagan would make of this rotten situation.

  • Elenin Velikovsky Elenin Velikovsky

    Yes, Spelt will pass muster at Scrabble, as long as you’re
    not required to also define the word.
    Spelt is one of the real old/new hippie alternative grains
    for those who need no gluten, no wheat.

      • Elenin Velikovsky Elenin Velikovsky

        looks like I LOSE the Five-Thousan Dollahs, AND
        the Trip to Ha-WHY-EE!!
        Thank goodness I can still eat the grains…
        spelt is considered valuable for some alternative
        reasoning…easier to growin low impact regime?
        I was wrong about the gluten, so Who Knows?
        Quien Sabe?
        but I know more fresh Veg and Fruit would be better.
        I wonder if I have any of the sensitivity to those Glutens?
        I don’t trust the Medical world.

        • NoNukes NoNukes

          Sorry about Hawaii, maybe, depending on what Tepco is up to. Spelt is supposed to be an easier gluten to deal with that newer wheat grains. I bet Celiac disease is the least of our problems, right now.

    • extra knight

      there is nothing wrong with spelt, it is delicious.

    • Net

      or in a phrase “he who smelt it dealt it” woops it is spelt –> spelled just like you say. Anyway, have a nice day. 🙂

  • risabee risabee

    “Spelt” is one of the earlier varieties of wheat, regaining popularity these days as more and more people become wheat-intolerant; it’s low-gluten. I bake with it regularly. It was a also common variant. It’s also an acceptable archaism for “spelled.”

    We should tolerate one another’s errors if we can, everyone is typing on the fly and also everyone has something to contribute here. These nukes have the potentshul to mess up everbody’s spallin’ fer a lowng thyme, if-you-know-what-I mean.

    Have some pre-3/11 tea?

    • risabee risabee

      Oh, everyone got in ahead of me. So, how ’bout them Fukoo-shmaas?

    • theypoisonus

      +1 and LOL

      I agree totally.

      Been reading on these borad for months now since Fuki fiasco. Finally decided to make my presence known and I’m not one for the boards at all.

      I have learned so much here and feel that I know some of you.

      I have also gotten alot of laughs which help to break the tension of these rapidly occurring events. Thanx.

      carry on and act like I’m not here. 🙂

    • Mats

      We in Germany call it Dinkel.

      Very healthy and tasts good also.
      Should have some healing powers, accoding to Hildegard v Bingen.

  • PoorDaddy PoorDaddy

    Whatever happened to the good old days when all we worried about was the possible massive eruption of the Yellowstone caldera mega-eruption, or an asteroid extinction event. Something natural. This man made shit pisses me off!

    • risabee risabee

      Yes. That’s it exactly.

    • ocifferdave

      Oh, you had and go and mention the Super Caldera. Nice. Verrrry nice.






      Astroid near miss!


    • SnorkY2K

      Don’t let that keep you up. A new supercaldera may be forming under Fukushima for a double Whammy and the volumes of hot air beside the ocean could draw in supercyclones along with locusts and herpes. An apartment building just became a hot spring in Japan when the earthquake rerouted a hot spring. A mine near the apartment building is also spewing hot water. The area around the Yellowstone caldera has hot springs as well.

      • milk and cheese milk and cheese

        don’t forget the New Madrid fault, now. Look at where the Missouri is flooding. Why, it’ll be just like a special effects movie, and we all get to star.

        • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

          milk’n cheese, I’m extremely worried about the west coast of your beautiful country and the damn diablo plant sitting by the ocean.
          I heard seismologists (sp?) are warning even more than usual at the moment because of recent enourmously increased ground activity(“big one” approaching).

    • Whoopie Whoopie

      I MISS THOSE DAYS so much!!

  • StPaulScout StPaulScout

    Concerning Arnie, he is after all a busy guy. He has been doing alot of interviews and I’m sure his duties for Fairewinds would keep him busy. It’s not like he was sitting around waiting for Fukushima to happen so he could entertain all of us with his brilliance!

  • StPaulScout StPaulScout

    SPELT is a word if you speak English as they do on the Isles.

    • SteveMT

      Correct StPaulScout! Here is the official answer.

      Is spelt even a word? I thought it was “spelled”?
      When someone says, “You spelt that wrong” It doesn’t make sense because they “spelt” spelled wrong. It’s spelled isn’t it? Or is spelt acceptable?

      The verb “spell” is one of a number of verbs where older irregular forms exist for the past tense (that is “-t” rather than “ed”).

      Generally, these forms are dropping out of English, but the process has gone further in US English than in UK English. So in the USA, “spelt” is rare enough that most people view it as wrong, but in the UK the two forms coexist.

      Check out Google Books Ngram Viewer for historical stats on, for example, “it is spelled”/”it is spelt”.

  • theypoisonus

    At least Arnie Gunderson tries to tell us, and show us, in laymans terms what is happening.

    Kaku, does the usual MSM double-speak.

    Arnie, to me, has in a way fought the battle before. He and his company try to make filters, etc. to eliminate as much crapola coming out of these reactors.

    Kaku, on the other hand, ‘does interviews’ via MSM and gets to make his money. Don’t know what he did before, but he sure is racking up the bux these days.

    Arnie&Co. including his wife, have made videos trying to inform and educate on a level that people can understand.
    I commend his efforts and am very glad to have his input. Making videos isn’t a free service. He put up the bux to inform, again, not like Kaku who goes on live and says what the censors allow.


    • fireguyjeff fireguyjeff


      Well, if it matters, Kaku is a renowned Physics Professor.
      He is one of the sharpest knives in the drawer on these issues.
      Recall that he was adamant about Fuku being way worse than reported, way back in April, if nor March.

      Yes, I am sure he is censored.
      Yet he does offer a lot more insight than any of the moron talking heads that think of themselves as journlaists.

      • mikael

        Arnie and Co, incl. Kaku was causious in the begining.
        And I belive we all had the same amount of info to work on, and draw conclusions.
        Its not the coverup of “fissons” or whateveritscaled, thats is/was the problem, all the numbers/isotops was there.
        We all know it.
        The real problem, like the Tjernobyl incident, is the aftermath.
        Its in this phase that the real problem becomes difuced.
        By staments based of documents and “knowledge”, that we know by no is not correct, there is no lower level of radiation, ones inside your body, as a ex.
        The massiv scale is also mindboggelig and difficoult to get and/or give exact mapings because of incopetence.
        We are stearing strait into a paradigme change and mindsett when it comes to nucklear ind. future survival.
        Its going to fight with toth and claws.
        The real consern and what wories me is the aparent “normality”(look out the window, see, everything is normal).
        That aparent normality is what the NucInd is going to push on the MSM and people, and the confusion created by missleading and direct lies about the scale of the fallout and the rad. reaqding presented.

        And whats even more worryesome is the calm right now, I can almoust smell the Perfect storm comming, and its going to be ugly.

        They still are downplaying everything about Fukoshima, everything.
        The people of Japan are on their own now, they better start to wake up, its becomed a race against time.

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    2011.3.11, which is the day the war started.
    (interesti­ng website-ju­st came through a Tweet)
    It’s Us Against The Nuclear Industry

  • farawayfan farawayfan

    Arnie will be lucky if he doesnt head up face down after seeing a little red dot appear on his forehead. Which in this mad new world is the highest compliment I can think of…..

    • SnorkY2K

      No, Arnie will be killed with radon gas that decays to polonium to enter his lungs

    • theypoisonus


      truth-speak is not allowed by ‘professionals’ these days.

      Over the last 2 years I have accumilated a mass of info about honest journalists who are no longer alive along with people now known as “whistle blowers” or “traitors”.. all in the name of the old sci-fi word, TERROR

      I too wish for the days of my youth, now close to 65 years ago. If my spelling fails, it does not suprise me. That for sure is not all that is failing by a long shot! 🙂

      Thanx for the smelt into.. when I was growing up in Indiana, it was shipped in from Canada and only certain (few) restraunts had it on the menu a few months out of the year. We went out of our way traveling miles to go and eat fried Smelt.

      Now, it is a grain..who knew??? goes to show, never to late to learn ! :^)
      thanx for the info.

  • M Curie M Curie

    Just in case you don’t read Japanese characters, here’s Whoopie’s link in English.

  • NoNukes NoNukes

    This is the Arnie that I love, letting us know that we are inhaling Plutonium, Cesium, etc. Thanks to whoever posted this link:

    • odylan

      Thanks NoNukes 🙂 , glad somebody listens to If You Love This Planet instead of firing off from the undergrowth at Arnie who is an extremely busy individual.

      The last Helen Caldicott interview with Arnie, as you will see, was transmitted on 17th June. The Gundersen/Caldicott analysis is the best truth you are going to get concerning ongoing events at Fuku.
      e.g. From memory – excuse the gaps.-
      AG: “If the pool at no. 4 collapses I will tell my friends to get out of Japan:”
      HC: “But Arnie, there won’t be enough aeroplanes. Shouldn’t they get out now.”
      AG: “I have to give my information in a way so as not to cause a panic.”
      HC: “It’s like you don’t shout fire in a burning theater because if you do many people could get trampled to death.”

  • NoNukes NoNukes

    Plus Helen C. says that there is nothing we can do medically to get these hot particles out of our bodies. She suggests that there would be panic at airports if people knew what was happening, and Arnie agrees, yes, that is a concern.

  • oscar419

    phew… so nice to hear from Arnie again, although his news is frightening I believe him…do’h

  • theypoisonus

    I forgot something that I wanted to share about Nukishima.

    Earlier today, someone posted on another board , excellent video from you tube of a person whose channel was “leakspinner”.

    I clicked on their name/channel and went to it and found the last video he out up, which was some time back.

    It is horrific to watch.. I am warning you of that beforehand. If you can’t stand to see cows dying, then do not watch, I cried.

    My intent is not to show more suffering, but the people taking the vid went out of their way to give the survivors hay that was available, and what ‘clean’ water they had taken for themselves.

    Since that vid, he did not put up anymore and he also posted nothing after that time on his blog which I found in his profile.

    I wrote a ‘smarter’ you tube vid friend about him and he found another channel he has now.
    His new channel is:

    In the beginning of this horrid ordeal, even tho I did not know about him, it appears he was ahead of the game.He was making vids and posting them practically 24/7.

    He is still pursuing the the fight and is posting on his new channel as long as they let him.
    no one knows how long that will be. He seems to be creative enough to get the word out so we can only hope.

    Good Night, and Good Luck

    • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

      AustralianCannonball is actually quite often here on the forum – at least he posted his videos here! He said yesterday that some of his accounts were hacked and that he’s quite nervous right now.
      AC, make yourself seen!!

  • fireguyjeff fireguyjeff

    Hate to break the news, but I had spelt flour tortillas with my burritos last night.

    Spelt is a word.
    It is a grain similar to wheat without many of the problems of modern wheat, like gluten.

    Any decent health food store will have spelt bread and spelt noodles for pasta, at a minimum.

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

    Why don’t you google “spelt”? This is a kind of grain.

  • hellomojo

    Aloha.finally bucked up when hawaiian mentioned. I’m from kayak and following radnet. #$$$%%%%goodness gracious..thinking to haul up to alaska.occiferdave you’re a trip.makes me smile thru al this bad mono.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    This is a great link concerning how to contact Congressmna and Senators..
    I’m sure the folks at SOF…won’t mind..LOL

  • hellomojo

    Rose, I don’t think they care just about their own D.C. digs. And how stay in their chambers.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    We have to try and make them care ..and if nothing more …their offices will have heard the voice of the people…and a few will sweat bullets at night and wake in the morning with a start… just like us.

  • hellomojo

    We the people put them there.ooooooooppppps.did we do like ancient rome?

  • Buck-O

    Warm Arnie, Getting Very Warm, But not quit there Yet. (hint)

  • BetaFlare

    NRC memo; Pilot Plants p.156
    • South Texas Project (whole plant)
    • Hope Creek (whole plant)
    • Ft. Calhoun (system specific)
    • Additional plants interested
    • All would incorporate EPRI riski management guidance method

    What does that mean? Dunno…

    Anyways, smbdy here mentioned the ventilation stacks – are missing. But actually they are there: the 12feet diameter stack is cut short to distribute all ionization directly on the middle of US heartland farmers… reason for “system specific Pilot status”?

  • risabee risabee

    Off-topic (as in farther north): wet ICBMs?

  • BetaFlare

    The NRC exposee memo “vanished” ? MSM-censorship has started…

    I hope I am just an tinhat idiot when not finding the yesterdays Calhoun article…

    Pick it up as long as it exists: (repost)

    • BetaFlare

      Dinitely the yesterdays Ft Calhoun article was censored totally; fukushima camera theater is ok – as long as the real criminals are not shown.

      Next is this whole site?

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

    HAARP cached website discovered! ADMITS weather modification! March 21, 2011

  • J.F. Sebastian

    Spelt is one of the ancient grains. Often referred to as an heirloom grain. Farmers are cultivating again for the health-food market.