Interview with Nuclear Engineer Chris Harris
Nov. 15, 2012
Chris Harris, former licensed Senior Reactor Operator and engineer: One of the Tepco releases that really intrigued me was that there is something called ‘curing material’.
Now that means, to me it means they know about a tear or a rip in the spent fuel pool liner.
And they don’t come out and say — a lot of this stuff you have to read between the lines — there’s something called ‘curing material’ [...] what it means to me is they tried to repair with some sort of epoxy and something that needs to cure or cure time on it before they can proceed. Which means that water’s actually being held in not by the stainless steel liner, but by the concrete structure around, that’s not really a great situation to be in.
They didn’t come flat out and say it but I’m going to stick my neck out and say if they’re trying to seal up cracks and everything else, that’s how I would do it too. And so that’s happening now, we’ll see where that comes and I’ll stay on top of it.
Follow-up to: Tepco to try and remove steel debris on top of fuel racks in No. 3 pool -- Concern about liner? (PHOTOS)
Published: November 16th, 2012 at 5:45 am ET
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