From Der Tagesspiegel :
Read the NRC Report Here.
“Unfortunately, the report also shows that Tepco series of catastrophic errors made ??one and given false information has. For example, is only now clear that the reactor fuel rods 1 are likely to be in the dry – according to Tepco figures they were at least half covered with water cooling. Also, the question arises whether one much earlier instead of fresh sea water for cooling would not pick up – after all, is not just the northern Japanese nuclear power plant in the desert. Generally nervous right now makes the discovered fact that Tepco today without boric acid used!) In a reactor cooling water to avoid a re-criticality would be an essential standard procedure“
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Fukushima Daiichi. Photo: GlobalDigital
A feeling of desperation is sweeping over Japan as news from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power site worsens with high levels of radiation now showing up in groundwater. International Atomic Energy Agency monitors are urging a wider evacuation zone beyond the Japanese government’s evacuation perimeter.
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The Tokyo Electric Power Company said today that plutonium particles have been found at five sites on the sprawling reactor complex. The news that plutonium has been detected from partially-melted MOX fuel assemblies at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has sent shock waves from Paris to Washington because the two governments have bet billions of dollars/euros in taxpayer funds as well as based arms control agreements on taking nuclear weapon plutonium pits and converting the deadly material into mixed oxide (MOX) civilian reactor fuel.
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Japan Daiichi Reactor 3. Photo: DigitalGlobe.
The plutonium-based mixed-oxide-fueled number three reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant may have a break in its containment vessel, according to the Japanese government. If the reactor containment has been breached and the radioactive steam emerging from the plant is from the number three reactor core, it could mean that plutonium particles are being spread in the air over Japan.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano first told a press conference that smoke was seen Wednesday morning around the No.3 reactor. Later government spokesmen said they thought the chance the reactor had been breached was low and the steam may have been coming from the spent fuel pool on the roof of the damaged reactor. Edano said, ”As we saw in the No. 2 unit, steam has been released from the [No. 3] reactor’s containment vessel.”
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