- Jiro Ishimaru, host: They don’t even know where the melted fuel is. What is the current situation of the melted fuel?
- Hiroaki Koide, professor at Kyoto University Research Reactor Institute: Nothing has been done. I don’t think the melted fuel is sitting in one piece as TEPCO and the government imagine. Probably, many pieces are scattered everywhere in the reactor vessel. For example, there are pieces stuck to the wall, I think. If, for example, they somehow can collect 50 pieces of debris they can’t collect the other 50; if many workers are forced to be exposed to radiation to do this ineffective job, I think it’s better to just contain it like the Chernobyl sarcophagus.
- Ishimaru: It is going to be a long road to decommissioning…
- Koide: The government says it will take 40 years, but that is not going to be enough at all. When they finish, I will have been dead for a long time.
See also: Japan Nuclear Professor: It's feared Fukushima fuel pool to "collapse in" at any time; "Any scale of accident is possible" -- Expert warns ice wall increases risk that reactor units will move or shift; Buildings 'very precarious' even without frozen barrier being constructed (AUDIO)
And: Japan TV 'News Flash': Officials fear melted reactor fuel is now exposed at Fukushima -- Tepco: We don't know at this point if fuel is uncovered -- Large drop in water level -- Experts 'struggling' to find condition of nuclear cores, nothing is known for all 3 reactors (VIDEO)
Published: June 12th, 2014 at 5:25 pm ET
- Gundersen: Nuclear fuel has been moved by groundwater at Fukushima Daiichi — It’s time to walk away from plant for next 100 years once there’s an underground sarcophagus — Much more difficult to contain than Chernobyl (VIDEO) December 29, 2013
- Gundersen: Spent fuel likely to break when pulled from Fukushima Unit 4 pool — Racks have been distorted; Fuel rods overheated — Suspects some will be stuck there for long, long time (AUDIO) September 9, 2013
- Asahi: ‘Underground holes’ may be needed to search for Fukushima’s 3 molten cores — Did fuel ‘escape’ via basement? — Experts unsure if Tepco will allow them to search for corium January 25, 2014
- Scientific American: Fukushima will have to be entombed in sarcophagus if melted fuel in ‘bad enough’ situation — Radiation Expert: I think they’re going to put a fence around reactors and just watch site forever (VIDEO) January 21, 2014
- Japan Nuclear Engineer: I don’t think they’ll ever get Fukushima’s melted cores; Will probably start covering reactors in concrete — German Expert: May encase areas in sarcophagus November 4, 2013