Gundersen: I suspect we’re going to see reports of spent fuel pools heating up at New Jersey nuclear plants — The problem is reactors were in refueling mode (VIDEO)

Published: October 30th, 2012 at 4:28 pm ET


Democracy Now, Oct. 30, 2012:

Nuclear Expert Arnie Gundersen, Fairewinds Associates: The problem is that Salem and the Oyster Creek plant, which we just talked about, were in a refueling mode. And what that means is that all of the nuclear fuel is not in the nuclear reactor, it’s in the spent fuel pool. And when you lose off-site power, you can’t cool the fuel pool. I suspect in the next couple days we’re going to see reports of the fuel pools heating up because they were unable to cool the spent fuel pool.

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Published: October 30th, 2012 at 4:28 pm ET


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13 comments to Gundersen: I suspect we’re going to see reports of spent fuel pools heating up at New Jersey nuclear plants — The problem is reactors were in refueling mode (VIDEO)

  • arclight arclight

    ahh democrasy now, miles better than the bbc (ie entwhistle, saville etc )

    great interview amy πŸ™‚

    how about the children of fukushima and their families who are dealing with the last fuel pool "incident"?? ……please!

    hope they keep it under control.. but their might be "legal" emissions..

    dont believe what the guvermilitary says.. they are full of s^%t and lies

    dont drink the downwind milk for a few months if we here of these releases, especially children and young women.. the most vulnerable to ionising radiation.. bottled water (good idea anyway)
    avoid leafy produce , soft cheeses etc.. thats if there are releases

    stay safe and come to enenews and other blogs to get the info the Main Stream cant/wont touch…

    there will be other industrial chemicals in those flood waters too.. you could probably imagine..

    peace to all on the eastern seaboard
    hope it ends well..

    • arclight arclight


      jeff masters mentions the worst weather in the LAST TWO years??

      how about loads of ionising radiation? causing tornadoes and stuff..

      europe heated up after chernobyl..

      and the EU climate project 2012 flown in a zepelin was grounded for the chinon release that hit moscow via the medditeranean and canada and the north east usa via greenland and a quick moving wind heading west..

      lenticular clouds in the usa and yorkshire uk

      two lines about that on the bbc?? πŸ˜‰ so something is up with that too!
      im not denying climate warming here , i think fuku and other mass releases have tipped the balance..

      please listen to this video.. not many meteorologist speak up as they are usually controlled by cold war censorship on nuclear fallout..

      the cover up is world wide.. nearly

      any way some food for thought and very on topic? i hope…
      thanks again admin

  • moonshellblue moonshellblue

    I will keep checking radiation levels here in PA and will let you know if the CPM creep up. No worries for now. We were very lucky in our home as we did not lose power only periodically. I real feel for NJ and NY as they got hit very hard by Sandy.

  • TalonThorn

    Hmm. Question is, WHEN will we actually "see" those reports of SFP heating up — how long after it happens?

  • NoNukes NoNukes

    Salem 2 nuclear reactor in Lower Alloways Creek shut down for refueling outage
    By Bill Gallo Jr./South Jersey Times
    on October 15, 2012 at 11:29 AM, updated October 15, 2012 at 12:18 PM

  • TalonThorn

    Glad to hear it. NYC webcam shows some lights in the sky scrapers now; last night they were black silhouettes against he darkening sky!

  • NoNukes NoNukes

    Salem 2 was shutdown 8pm, Oct 14 (at #17 on my list of Sept/Oct shutdowns), Nine Mile Point was shutdown Sept. 20: #11. Automatic Reactor Shutdown At NMP 1 Probed
    Posted on September 20, 2012 by Submitted article
    SCRIBA, NY – At 9:24 (Sept. 20), Nine Mile Point Unit 1 experienced an automatic reactor shut down.
    The preliminary data indicates the unit experienced a Turbine trip, but the exact cause has not yet been identified, according to company spokesperson Jill Lyon. #5. Indian Point reactor shut down (AP story without date (!) maybe it happens so often…
    BUCHANAN, N.Y. (AP) –
    A nuclear reactor in the New York suburbs has been automatically shut down because of a generator problem.
    Federal regulators and the plant owner said the Wednesday morning shutdown of Indian Point 2 went safely. They said there were no injuries and no release of radioactivity.
    Officials said that when the generator malfunctioned, there was no use for the steam produced by the reactor. As a result, the reactor shut down automatically. These reactors already were having major problems…

  • Radio VicFromOregon

    Thx, dosdos. Given that suddenly there are 5 NPPs on alert or shut down, this is a tiny little understated report. I am interpreting the vagueness about the impact on the recirculating cooling pumps for the spent fuel as drowned pumps, not a sustained lack of electricity. All these sites were recently equipped with ample diesel back up generators for juice, but, nothing for the pumps since everyone, once again, believed that flooding was impossible. But, i think Arnie is saying that electricity may be an issue at some of the sites regarding the SFPs.

  • WindorSolarPlease

    With the waste and spewing from Nuclear Plants, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to know these plants are dangerous to humans and to the environment.

    Any type of weather change, solar change, and so on, can put these plants at even a higher risk to us.

    Nuclear Plants are threat to us all, and that threat carry's more weight than the benefits it gives us.

    Mr. Gundersen has/is educating those like me and also has been alerting us. He is letting us know, that the reactors were in a refueling mode and what that means.
    We need more people with his type credentials to step up talking honestly about plants.
    I encourage those who have any knowledge to speak up, all pieces of information is welcome.

    This environment belongs to all of us, without it we don't exist.