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.
Published: October 30th, 2012 at 4:28 pm ET
- Gundersen on TV: Biggest problem I see is Oyster Creek plant near Jersey Shore — No way to cool spent fuel pool while power is out — All nuclear fuel is in pool, none in reactor (VIDEO) October 29, 2012
- Gundersen: Nuclear fuel pool started to heat up at New Jersey plant due to Sandy — They were bringing in fire pumps because of all the problems (AUDIO) November 4, 2012
- Feds dispatch more inspectors to nuclear reactors impacted by Sandy — 2 different plants in New Jersey likely to be shut down as eye of hurricane threatens October 29, 2012
- Gov’t: Erosion is “undermining foundation” of major dam upstream of US nuclear plants — “Extensive network” of seepage paths found — “Water flowing through from multiple sources & multiple directions” — Nuclear plants doing Problem Evaluation Reports on ‘complex and urgent’ situation (VIDEO) July 30, 2015
- Gundersen: 26 nuclear plants in area where Hurricane Sandy likely to hit — If power lost, only plan is to let spent fuel pools heat up… no generators to pump in water (AUDIO) October 28, 2012