Nuclear Engineer on Unit 3 Photos: “I hate to say it but there is broken fuel in there some where” — “Tons of steel falling in from a great height” (VIDEOS)

Published: September 14th, 2012 at 3:28 pm ET


Interview with Nuclear Engineer Chris Harris
Nutrimedical Report
Sept 13, 2012

At 31:00 in

Chris Harris, former licensed Senior Reactor Operator and engineer: Tepco did a sweep of spent fuel pool at Fukushima Unit 3 and what they’re finding is that it’s terrible damage.

A lot of the steel beams ended up in fuel pool…

You can see there’s devastating damage. It’s hard to even tell where the fuel is which leads me to believe it’s not really intact, or at least some of it is not intact.

I don’t know how they’re going to end up fishing it out.

At 33:45 in

Harris: I can’t see that there is not at least a good portion of the fuel that would be unscathed from what I’m looking at.

We don’t know for sure there’s no way to [inaudible] down deep inside.

But from what I’m looking at, that’s tons of steel falling in from a great height falling into the pool and impinging on top of the racks where the fuel is.

I hate to say it but there is broken fuel in there some where.

And I don’t know how to get that out.

Listen to the broadcast here

Published: September 14th, 2012 at 3:28 pm ET


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15 comments to Nuclear Engineer on Unit 3 Photos: “I hate to say it but there is broken fuel in there some where” — “Tons of steel falling in from a great height” (VIDEOS)

  • TheWorldIsFüküd

    I mean doesnt this "expert" know that the pool dried out, fuel melted, ad TEPFük filled it with seawater?

    Of course the fuel is damaged…


  • jec jec

    This expert is trying to figure out what happened..and what to do or suggest. The fact is, with damage to the fuel racks/rods–NO ONE KNOWS WHAT TO DO. And the situation is pretty much the same as it was 18 months ago. The photos showed twisted steel beams –twisted like straws. Reactor 3 sustained tremendous force from explosion (dont really think just hydrogen) — and now the entire facility is crumbling due to radioactive erosion of the steel and concrete. Thanks to the expert who at least IDed the issue –and what was humanly possible to do about it. Nothing…..

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    Chris Harris: There could be "broken fuel" in SFP3, but there may also be burned and melted fuel at the bottom of SFP3 as well, as the water boiled off in the days following 311. Some evidence suggests that Reactor3 was on its first load of MOX on 311. But I have seen some evidence that suggests that SFP3 contained one or more spent fuel loads containing MOX assemblies. Goddard and Gundersen have pointed to SFP3 as the source of the explosion (some heard 3 separate explosions) that destroyed Building3. If so, the contents of SFP3 are scattered over Fuku, and the Pacific just off shore. Oh, and over Tokyo, which got a good dose when Unit3 blew.

  • moonshellblue moonshellblue

    Here is a close up of what looks like a spent fuel rod? Thanks to Nuck

    • razzz razzz

      I don't think so moonshellblue and don't wire transfer any money to Nigeria if an email you get requests it.

      • moonshellblue moonshellblue

        Looked like a damaged fuel bundle to me but I'm not expert perhaps Arnie or someone with a nuclear engineering degree can determine what it might be as I can's say with absolute certainty.

  • nedlifromvermont

    so cool to see the glowing fuel assemblies from Reactor 3 SFP …

    really looks like cold shutdown …

    THANK YOU GE SUCH A "Good Thing to Life" ….

    Brother Barack !! Pay attention!!! Your daughters' ovaries will bear the cost!!!

    "maybe in a million years" … was always something my drunk drinkin' buddy, Blaine, came up with … not a national energy suicide pact with nuclear power plant induced cancers! that'll sure sell those ol' GE made medical diagnostic equipment … if everyone gets cancer from your silly nukes, you pathetic MORON Mr. GE Mr. Jeff Immelt and Mr. Jack Welch and you other GE Ceo's who pushed through the nuclear "HOAX" … and that's no jokes ..

    Oh well … just sayin'

    peace, you 'newsers, … everywhere ….

    Vermont Yankee may be dangerous … but we are getting irradiated by Fukushima Daiichi,

    on a daily basis

    PBS Marketplace sold out to Nuclear Energy Institute Sponsorship money … shocking … a move worthy of Himmler!!!

    Yea nuclear power … it spreads CANCER Morons!!!!

    oh well … people don't want to hear that!!!!

    later ….

    • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

      Yep,I concur and I echoed the same sentiment when our daughter miscarried what would've been our 1st grandchild post-3/11/11 during one of several "notable" periods of elevated radiation levels and again-but with even more animosity and some seriously "postal" daydreams when my wife suddenly got nailed with a particularly nasty type of cancer which had reached Stage 3B by the time of diagnosis this past February,with March 1st being her first day of many,many months,weeks,days,hours,minutes that "felt like"hours and now the post-op radiation therapy halfway through and thankfully she's doing very well because she's so strong in so many ways…but I know you're right about the unknown "real" numbers regarding the crap spewing from Fukushima Fountain causing cancer-and not just in Japan!~I have a "hunch" that the tragic health issues plaguing my beloved wfe of 21 years is possibly,perhaps "probably" related directly to Fukushima or a similar monstrosity of the Midwestern US "domestic" variety closer to home??!!~Either way,does it really matter where the crap blew into town from at this point??!! ANY "example" of the uncontrolled foulness that devastates large swaths of precious land & potable water resources & sickens/kills everything in its path. What I learned is this-I learned the difference between an "expert",former industry insiders,etc.who draw intense criticism from those of our set for "seeming" to minimize the issues outlined in their…

      • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

        cont'd,~reports/opinions regarding the status of items of concern.But then they HAVE to maintain their composure and refrain from screaming inflammatory rhetoric(however true it may be!)-so that they can maintain the courtesies and respect necessary to get their more stubborn,pro-nuke colleagues to at least consider their assessment of the topic of the moment?!! Obviously screaming truism's while picketing outside a NPP would fall on deaf ears-but an "expert" even one who's loathed for breaking ranks with the d-bags will still be a better asset & resource with a better prospect for at least some "baby steps" in the right direction by calmly engaging them while throwing in the "obvious" politely and "reminding" them that they will be sick or dead too if they don't quit playing stupid!! I'm still hopeful,but not deluded…good luck ALL & have a great weekend

      • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

        Speaking of radiation….. If ANY dose of radiation causes the Big C, how can radiation be good for you when you get the Big C?

        Cancer – The Forbidden Cures; via A Green Road

  • Ronnie_D.

    They design and build a collection of systems that they:

    1. Have now way to deal with the waste produced. Waste that is highly toxic and radioactive for at least one hundred thousand years. Knowing that the longest lived man-made structures ever created are the pyramids which are only maybe five thousand years old.
    2. Could not be operated without government regulated liability legislation because there is no insurance company that would cover them.
    3. When there is a catastrophic incident, damage to life and the environment is lasts 100's to 1000's of years.
    4. When there is a catastrophic failure of the system, there is no way to repair it. Know one knows what to do or how to do it.

    All in the name of profit?

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    "“I hate to say it but there is broken fuel in there some where”
    And what is the active state of the 'broken fuel'?