- 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