Nuclear Expert in 2011: “We are going to see the dance we’re in for another year or so” — They may throw up their hands and pour concrete on reactors (AUDIO)

Published: April 12th, 2012 at 12:07 am ET
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Title: Gundersen Speaks with Chris Martenson on Current Status of Fukushima (Part I)
Source: Chris Martenson Podcast via Fairewinds Associates, Inc
Date: April ?? 2012 Actually June 2011

h/t Enformable (Enformable received podcast via email alert today and posted believing it to be new… if you re-listen it does sound like it could be from this month)

At 30:20 in

Chris Martenson: So talk about — realistically – I mean this is going to be months, years, whatever, it’s going to take a long time. What do they do at this point, are they going to entomb these things, are they required to just keep dumping water on these things until they finally cool down, capturing water all the way through? Or is there some way that they can maybe just throw up their hands and just pour a bunch of concrete on it and call it a day?

Arnie Gundersen: I think eventually they may get to the point of throwing up their hands and pouring the concrete on. They can’t do that yet, because the cores are still too hot. So we are going to see the dance we’re in for another year or so, until the cores cool down. At that point, there’s not anywhere near as much decay heat and you probably could consider filling them with concrete and just letting sit there, like we have it at Chernobyl, as a giant mausoleum. That would work for units 1, 2, and 3. Unit 4 is still a problem, because again all the fuel is at the top and you can’t put the concrete at the top because you will collapse the building and it’s so radioactive, you can’t lift the nuclear fuel out. I used to do this as a living and Unit 4 has me stumped. [...]

Listen to the 36 minute program here

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