Gundersen Postulates Unit 3 Explosion May Have Been Prompt Criticality in Fuel Pool, Fairewinds Associates, April 26th, 2011:
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Americium has been found in New England
Detection of radioactive materials in the soil in Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, TEPCO Press Release, April 27, 2011:
As part of monitoring activity of the surrounding environment, we conducted an analysis of plutonium contained in the soil collected on March 21st and 22nd at the 5 spots in Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. [...]
Besides, as the result of the americium and curium analysis in the soil from 2 samples among the 3 periodic sampling spots in which plutonium was detected on March 28th amerium 241, curium 242, 243, and 244 were detected.
We have reported the results of analyses to the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency and the government of Fukushima Prefecture.
We will continue to conduct the similar analysis.
“One tonne of spent nuclear fuel contains about 100 grams of americium” -Wikipedia
Published: April 28th, 2011 at 5:01 am ET