New fission raises “startling questions” says NYT — Koide: Harmful radioactive material in danger of leaking after a re-criticality

Published: November 2nd, 2011 at 7:35 pm ET
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Nov. 2 — Unexpected bursts of fission “threaten to increase the amount of dangerous radioactive elements leaking from the complex and complicate cleanup efforts, raising startling questions about how much remains uncertain at the plant” in Fukushima, reports the New York Times.

“The three reactors — together with spent fuel rods stored at a fourth damaged reactor — have been leaking radioactive material since the initial disaster, and new episodes of fission would only increase their dangers.”

According to Hiroaki Koide, assistant professor at Kyoto University’s Research Reactor Institute, “Re-criticality would produce more harmful radioactive material, and because the reactors are damaged, there would be a danger of a leak.”

Published: November 2nd, 2011 at 7:35 pm ET
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