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Report: Nuclear fuel fragments found over a mile away were “ejected from the reactor cores in those explosions” not spent fuel pools, according to NRC (VIDEO)

Report: Nuclear fuel fragments found over a mile away were “ejected from the reactor cores in those explosions”, according to NRC (VIDEO)

Hartmann – Fukushima…is this the China Syndrome?, The Big Picture, August 18, 2011:

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Paul Gunter, director of Reactor Oversight Project with Beyond Nuclear: We were involved in an Nuclear Regulatory Commission [NRC] hearing on July 28 of this year where the NRC basically admitted that fuel fragments found over one and . . . → Read More: Report: Nuclear fuel fragments found over a mile away were “ejected from the reactor cores in those explosions” not spent fuel pools, according to NRC (VIDEO)

Report: 400,000,000,000 neutrons released per square meter surface of spent fuel pools between March 13-20

Traces of radioactive sulfur measured at Scripps Pier reveal extent of leakage from damaged Fukushima reactor, University of California San Diego Press Release, August 15, 2011:

[... The team of atmospheric chemists at UCSD] calculated how much radiation must have been released.

“You know how much seawater they used, how far neutrons will penetrate . . . → Read More: Report: 400,000,000,000 neutrons released per square meter surface of spent fuel pools between March 13-20

Solar storms threaten nuke plants: Electric power outages could last “for years or even decades” — Risk significantly outweighs that of major earthquakes

Solar Storms Could Debilitate Earth this Decade: NOAA, International Business Times by Elvira Veksler, August 6, 2011:

[...] NOAA predicted four extreme solar emissions which could threaten the planet this decade. Similarly, NASA warned that a peak in the sun’s magnetic energy cycle and the number of sun spots or flares around 2013 could . . . → Read More: Solar storms threaten nuke plants: Electric power outages could last “for years or even decades” — Risk significantly outweighs that of major earthquakes

Cooling system for reactors and spent fuel pools stopped working three times over 16-day period at Alabama nuke plant

After tornadoes, TVA will replace emergency sirens, TimesDaily by Eric Fleischauer, July 28, 2011:

A Tennessee Valley Authority official said Wednesday the authority plans to correct a problem that left only 12 of Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant’s required 100 emergency sirens working after the April 27 tornadoes. [...]

The same power loss that left . . . → Read More: Cooling system for reactors and spent fuel pools stopped working three times over 16-day period at Alabama nuke plant

Sarcophagus to be built over reactor; TEPCO not sure if it will limit radiation emissions — Concrete structure around reactors will take several years

Japan: Tepco to build sarcophagus over Fukushima reactor, Telegraph, June 16, 2011:

The operator of the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant has announced plans to construct a shroud over one of the reactor buildings, a stop-gap measure until a more permanent solution can be found, such as entombing the facility in concrete.

A similar . . . → Read More: Sarcophagus to be built over reactor; TEPCO not sure if it will limit radiation emissions — Concrete structure around reactors will take several years

Inland Tsunami? Dam breaking could inundate nuke plant near Omaha — Equivalent of Fukushima’s tsunami (AUDIO)

Arnie Gundersen: NEBRASKA NUKE DISASTER – Flood, Fire and Heat, “Five O’Clock Shadow” with Robert Knight, WBAI, June 9, 2011:

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On June 6, 2011, the Fort Calhoun pressurized water nuclear reactor 20 miles north of Omaha, Nebraska entered emergency status due to imminent flooding from the Missouri River. A day later, . . . → Read More: Inland Tsunami? Dam breaking could inundate nuke plant near Omaha — Equivalent of Fukushima’s tsunami (AUDIO)

“Very serious” possibility that pools of molten fuel in reactors could restart nuclear reactions

Plutonium found near Fukushima shows nuclear “crisis is far from over”, Yahoo by Laura Rozen, June 6, 2011:

[...] There are several other ongoing concerns at Fukushima some three months after the natural disasters hit, according to arms control expert Joe Cirincione of the Ploughshares Fund. Among them, he said: [...] the very serious . . . → Read More: “Very serious” possibility that pools of molten fuel in reactors could restart nuclear reactions

High iodine levels mean No. 3 reactor core or a spent fuel pool is “starting itself up” every once in a while, believes nuclear consultant

Transcript for Exclusive Arnie Gundersen Interview: The Dangers of Fukushima Are Worse and Longer-lived Than We Think, Chris Martenson, June 3, 2011:

Arnie Gundersen, nuclear consultant [...] It’s also possible in any of the fuel pools, one, two, three, and four pools, that you could get a criticality, as well. So there’s been frequent . . . → Read More: High iodine levels mean No. 3 reactor core or a spent fuel pool is “starting itself up” every once in a while, believes nuclear consultant

Enlarged 50-mile evacuation zone by US was because of spent fuel pools, not reactor meltdowns: NRC official

The NRC also had “suspicions” about the conditions of the spent fuel pools, Borchardt said… Based on that assumption, he said, the NRC recommended that U.S. residents in Japan stay 80 km away . . . → Read More: Enlarged 50-mile evacuation zone by US was because of spent fuel pools, not reactor meltdowns: NRC official

Fears mount as radioactive water now just 10 inches from overflowing surface outside Reactor No. 3

Wastewater rises, fears mount, NHK, June 02, 2011:

The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is struggling to remove pools of highly radioactive wastewater as fears of an overflow get more intense.

Tokyo Electric Power Company says wastewater levels rose around 6 centimeters inside the No.2 reactor turbine building, and in its . . . → Read More: Fears mount as radioactive water now just 10 inches from overflowing surface outside Reactor No. 3

Japan announces cooling systems restored at fuel pools No. 1-4, as breakdown of cooling occurs at No. 5 pool

Cooling systems restored for fuel pools, NHK, May 29, 2011:

The operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has now successfully restored cooling systems to the spent fuel pools of reactors 1, 2, 3 and 4. [...]

The power company is also working to install new water-circulating systems that will more efficiently . . . → Read More: Japan announces cooling systems restored at fuel pools No. 1-4, as breakdown of cooling occurs at No. 5 pool

NYT: Threat of catastrophic radioactive release from a spent fuel pool at Fukushima is dwarfed by risk posed by pools in U.S., study says

Spent Reactor Fuel Risk Greater in U.S. Than Japan, Study Says, New York Times by Matthew L. Wald, May 24, 2011:

The threat of a catastrophic release of radioactive materials from a spent fuel pool at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi plant is dwarfed by the risk posed by such pools in the United States, which . . . → Read More: NYT: Threat of catastrophic radioactive release from a spent fuel pool at Fukushima is dwarfed by risk posed by pools in U.S., study says

TEPCO acknowledges ‘vapor’ is still being seen at Reactors No. 2, 3 and 4 spent fuel pools

Tepco Plans New System to Cool Reactors, Wall Street Journal by Kosaku Narioka, May 22, 2011:

[...] The troubled utility, known as Tepco, said it plans to build a cooling system with water-circulation pumps and heat-exchange equipment by the end of May at the reactor No. 2 spent-fuel pool, by June at the reactors . . . → Read More: TEPCO acknowledges ‘vapor’ is still being seen at Reactors No. 2, 3 and 4 spent fuel pools

“Water dropping down from above” in Reactor No. 2 — Steaming spent fuel pool blamed

Workers find pools of water at No.2, NHK, May 19, 2011 . . . → Read More: “Water dropping down from above” in Reactor No. 2 — Steaming spent fuel pool blamed

Iodine-131 in No. 4 spent fuel pool at 22,000 times above normal

Wall Street Journal, April 14, 2011 . . . → Read More: Iodine-131 in No. 4 spent fuel pool at 22,000 times above normal

100 miles from Fukushima: Leak from spent fuel pools at two reactors after 7.4 quake — Cooling system temporarily stopped

Water leaks from Onagawa atomic plant after latest quake, Deutsche Presse-Agentur, April 8, 2011:

… Tohoku Electric Power Co, which runs the Onagawa Nuclear Power Plant in Miyagi prefecture, said water leaked from spent-fuel pools at two reactors and also from other parts of the plant. …

The plant, whose operations have been suspended . . . → Read More: 100 miles from Fukushima: Leak from spent fuel pools at two reactors after 7.4 quake — Cooling system temporarily stopped

Plutonium likely ejected from fuel pools during explosions… up to “several miles” from reactor (VIDEO)

Plutonium likely ejected from fuel pools during explosions… up to “several miles” from reactor (VIDEO)

Closing Ranks: The NRC, the Nuclear Industry, and TEPCo. Are Limiting the Flow of Information, Fairewinds Associates, April 6, 2011:

Closing Ranks: The NRC, the Nuclear Industry, and TEPCo. Are Limiting the Flow of Information from Fairewinds Associates on Vimeo.

NYTimes on “Ejection of Nuclear Material”: Confidential US doc suggests pieces of fuel blown up to a mile away — Some between two units bulldozed over

U.S. Sees Array of New Threats at Japan’s Nuclear Plant, New York Times by James Glanz and William J. Broad, April 5, 2011:

… The [confidential U.S.] document also suggests that fragments or particles of nuclear fuel from spent fuel pools above the reactors were blown “up to one mile from the units,” and . . . → Read More: NYTimes on “Ejection of Nuclear Material”: Confidential US doc suggests pieces of fuel blown up to a mile away — Some between two units bulldozed over

NY Times: Spent fuel pools in reactors “have lost their cooling systems” — Nuclear engineers now warning pools “could pose an even greater danger than the melted reactor cores”

U.S. Sees Array of New Threats at Japan’s Nuclear Plant, New York Times by James Glanz and William J. Broad, April 5, 2011 . . . → Read More: NY Times: Spent fuel pools in reactors “have lost their cooling systems” — Nuclear engineers now warning pools “could pose an even greater danger than the melted reactor cores”

CBS says “toxic plutonium pools” discovered at Fukushima

Japan: 3 workers “drenched” in radioactive water, CBS/AP, March 29, 2011:

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Somber prime minister addresses nation, says country on “maximum alert” following discovery of toxic plutonium pools…

Highly toxic plutonium was the latest contaminant found seeping into the soil outside the plant, Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Monday. …

The discovery of . . . → Read More: CBS says “toxic plutonium pools” discovered at Fukushima

“Highly radioactive water was later found leaking near ALL FOUR troubled reactor units” — From reactors or spent fuel pools?

Fresh coolant injected, high-radiation water leaks in nuke crisis, Kyodo, March 26, 2011 at 12:12 pm EDT . . . → Read More: “Highly radioactive water was later found leaking near ALL FOUR troubled reactor units” — From reactors or spent fuel pools?

COMMON spent fuel pool now being sprayed with water — Contains 6,375 spent fuel assemblies

Fukushima Nuclear Accident Update, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), March 21, 2011 at 23:15 UTC:

Japanese authorities have also reported that water has been sprayed over the Common Spent Fuel Pool; this started on 21 March at 1:37 UTC. The IAEA is seeking further information on this development and will report further as updates . . . → Read More: COMMON spent fuel pool now being sprayed with water — Contains 6,375 spent fuel assemblies

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