Reactor Operator: FOIA response shows US knew in March that Spent Fuel Pool No. 3 leaking — “Flooding of pool may not be possible due to damage” (VIDEO)

Published: January 3rd, 2012 at 9:34 pm ET


“I was a senior reactor operator at a CE plant and was trained on a Westinghouse plant. I also got my chops as a maintenance engineer and outage planner. In 2007, I was on the B.b.5 project for coming up with mitigation strategies for events like the Fukushima event. My BWR experience is as a contractor for various license renewal preparations and a stint in work control at Clinton.” (SOURCE)

Interview with Chris Harris, Nutrimedical Report, Dec. 22, 2011:

Transcript Summary

  • They knew way back on March 29 that SFP 1 had been boiling
  • SFP 2 had boiling in it for a long time
  • You’re getting fuel damage
  • SFP 3 pool leakage existed
  • There were no real reports on that back then
  • It seems like they were trying to cover that up

March 29th, 2011 – Status of 3 Units and 4 pools – Realistic Scenarios, Enformable, Dec. 15, 2011:

From: Brown, Frederick
Sent: Tuesday, March 29, 2011 10:56 PM


SFP 3: 548 bundles. Y4 core offload previous refueling. No checker boarding of hotter fuel. Structural damage to pool area suspected. Pool leakage possible. External addition of water has been made repeatedly, but flooding of pool may not be possible due to damage.

March 22nd, 2011 – Side of RB the source of white smoke for U2? Suspect torus damage:

Published: January 3rd, 2012 at 9:34 pm ET


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23 comments to Reactor Operator: FOIA response shows US knew in March that Spent Fuel Pool No. 3 leaking — “Flooding of pool may not be possible due to damage” (VIDEO)

  • OK I figured it out. How to deal with TEPCO. First Nationalize them, stripping back pension rights to anyone 2 tiers up from working technician level and up. Strip those back 10 years, so they have to keep working at least 10 more years, even if otherwise ready to retire.

    Spin off TEPCO into PEPCO Peoples Electric Power Company. And have it be owned literally by the People of Japan, not the government, really owned by the people with the Gov acting as managing agent under the direction of a board of director comprised of the people. No TEPCO personnel even if already retired would be allowed on the board of directors. To get the expertise, they would be allowed to hire for 3 of 9 Board of Director positions from anywhere, including out of country if needed or desired.

    ALL of the profits of PEPCO would go towards compensating the victims of the nuclear disaster– for 90 years, the point at which the Strontium will be 12.5% as strong as now. Fukushima would receive the most, but the adjacent prefectures would receive appropriate amounts also as determined by the board of directors.

    A trust fund would be set up with segregated money to fund the health care expenses of those affected. The trust fund would survive the PEPCO in case PEPCO failed.

    The focus of the money would not be on moving people back, but on helping people find a productive and safe life. This include costs for relocation and retraining, especially in renewable energy industries.

  • jec jec

    Reactor 4 SFP, in March comment was “Pool was likely dry enough to have cladding/water reaction which produced enough hydrogen to lead to catastrophic explosion that destroyed secondary containment.” What amount of radiation could have been released in the “destruction” then, and what additional radiation could be possible, or is it all blown out?

    • Radio VicFromOregon

      jec, yours is the ongoing big question. It is my understanding that the SFP 4 fire and explosion released considerable amounts of the radiation measured in both Japan and the US. Debate continues surrounding what did or did not happen to SFP 3, but the reactor explosion put a lot of ionized radiation up into the atmosphere. Is the pool even still there, some argue. Although it looks like all the reactors were leaking or blowing up in one form or another, SFP 4 was essentially open to the air as was SFP 3, save for both building’s ceilings, which were easily destroyed. And, because the fuel in SFP 4 was far more radioactive given that it was spent fuel, and SFP 3 had mox fuel containing plutonium, and given that space existed between the fuel rods as they burned, it is also very possible a recriticality occurred in open air in one or both. There are a few pieces of video around showing TEPCO trying to get a glimpse at the spent fuel pools to answer the very question you raise.

  • Sickputer

    Just one problem with halting retirements and freezing benefits… The government is in worse shape than Tepco… Essentially printing increasingly worthless paper yen and propping up failed banks just like Uncle Sam.

    At least the US has slightly less contaminated natural resources to pay creditors. The Japan have little of intrinsic value to sell except their realty in American cities.


  • ZombiePlanet ZombiePlanet

    […]Reactor Operator: FOIA response shows US knew[…]


    WAKE UP!!!!
    Do you need more shit news.

    Where is the real news other than this “re-hashed CRAP!”

    Wake up folks, war has been declared upon us all from multiple fronts.

    DNA blending through atomic structures is an ancient practice.

    • ZombiePlanet ZombiePlanet

      No one here has seen “ANY” form of movement to,

      resolve this situation.



      • ZombiePlanet ZombiePlanet

        OH pleased remember…

        In 2 days the next pool will have a little more H2O and “cold control” will be the “Band-Aid” of-the-day.

        From then on, another “NEWS RELEASE” will keep me “HOPING” and “DISMAYED” all at the same time!!

        HELL I might even report to HP news if it gets that good!

  • Making this a truly employee or citizen owned utility would mean full disclosure and transparency..

    I do not think that the powers that hold control now will allow it, at least not without extreme pressure and/or force of lawsuits, etc.

    Why not? That would expose all of the lies, coverups, and spin that has been going on since the beginning.

    OK, and if they are telling the truth.. they have nothing to fear from a public takeover, right?

    Anyone caught lying would lose all of their pension, stock positions, etc… Anyone exposing lies and coverups would be rewarded with compensation equaling the value of what they disclose..



    Then the truth will come out.

  • Come to think of it, why not do this with all large corporations. Nationalize them ALL, and make them employee or public owned…

    It would solve all of our problems instantly.

    • ZombiePlanet ZombiePlanet

      I agree 100%. And when you see any signs of this taking place, please send Mary a “HAPPY LITTLE LAMB.”

  • Destroyed Spent Fuel Pool SFP3 of Reactor Unit 3 at Fukushima Daiichi 8 May 2011


    Both the spent fuel pool and reactor seem to be completely gone…

    NOTHING IS LEFT, but see what you think…

    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

      I think a nuclear explosion caused by a criticality in a quake damaged reactor would send some of the fuel deep underground.

  • ZombiePlanet ZombiePlanet

    Think Jim Carrey/Jenny McCarthy…

    A joker and a Playboy Bunny will guide us to better times!

    What next… “Barfko-Swill” offers a helping hand?


    • Enenews Admin

      read again
      it’s not about getting help from celebrities
      it’s about exposing people who are searching for them on twitter to Fukushima-related information
      those celebrities were picked because 1) they are in the news recently, making them more likely to be searched for on twitter 2) they have a large twitter following 3) they have above-average civil awareness for celebrities, and their fans probably do as well

  • ZombiePlanet ZombiePlanet

    Asking a government to remedy the situation that “it” created,


    asking a bank robber to to solve the problem.

  • James2

    #4 SFP is confirmed on fire – see webcam thread.

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