Official Transcript of Proceedings
NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION
Title: Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi ET Audio File (telephone conference) Friday, March 18, 2011
BRUCE BOGER: Now for the teaser that I said earlier teaser, the, we just received some photographs of the Unit 3 reactor building that were taken from a different perspective than we’ve seen. Most of our photos have either been from the west side or from the top.
These are from the east, taken from the west looking east. And they are showing quite a bit of damage that we couldn’t see before. So that’s something that we’ll be working on over, through the night, working with GE to get some structural, better understanding of elevations and what we might be seeing in these pictures.
But it, it doesn’t look good. I’ll tell you that. Bill?
BILL RULAND: I have an update. I have an update.
This is the Bill Ruland, they Reactor Safety Team director. We got these pictures from Tepco provided to the team in country, the NRC team in country. We’ve got these pictures and it, they, this is Unit 3, and it shows a large, you know, shows significant damage to the structures. We provided these to General Electric, who, of course, had desigr drawings. These people have been in the building, inside the building, so they have a pretty good idea. It turns out that the Unit 3′s elevations are different than Unit .. So if you look at Unit 1 and you try to make sense of Unit 3 structure, you’rE not going to get the right picture.
It turns out — and of course, the peoplE on the phone can’t see this, but there is, what you can see exposed is the rail that the crane, the refueling crane, the drywell head crane arrives on. That’s what this rail is right here. Okay, so that’s so what you can see is — you know, it’s, because of the way this building is constructed, it’s constructed a level below the other structures. So GE, in talking to us, believes that the drywell head — it’s tough to see the drywell head on this picture. So we’ve asked them to make, we provided these pictures and we’ve asked them to provide their assessment of what they see, and I think that’s going to be critical to help us make a decision.
They are on it as we — you know, I just got off the phone with them, and they’re going to provide their assessment of what, in fact, this is telling them, you know, if anything. So you cannot rule out or rule in whether the spent fuel pool is still intact based on what we see in this picture. Now the Site Team’s initial impressions were that the spent fuel pool might not be here, but they don’t have the knowledge that General Electric has.
So we’re going to get that assessment from them, and we’re going to also talk to the site when I leave this phone call, or send an email, to make sure they know that their initial view of this matter is different than what they might have apparently thought. So that’s kind of where this stands.
Published: February 29th, 2012 at 3:36 pm ET