Plan to flood Fukushima reactor could cause new blast, experts warn

Plant operator Tepco reveals meltdown and breach of pressure vessel, with Greenpeace warning against pumping water in

Experts have warned of a potentially dangerous radiation leak if Japan proceeds with plans to flood a damaged reactor containment vessel at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. The facility's operator has admitted uranium fuel rods in the No 1 reactor pa Full Story »

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Randy Morrow
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by Randy Morrow - May. 15, 2011

The facility’s operator has admitted uranium fuel rods in the No 1 reactor partially melted after being fully exposed because of the 11 March tsunami. —- “As the fuel rods were fully exposed and subsequently melted, it is highly likely that the core’s integrity is compromised and that there is larger amount of melted fuel at the bottom of the reactor pressure vessel.” John Large, an independent nuclear engineering consultant in London, said Tepco’s plan to flood the reactor was riddled with “potential risks”. It appeared not to have factored in the extent of damage to the fuel rods and the structural state of the containment vessel, including whether it was watertight. “It seems to be poorly thought through,” he said, adding that the firm had not demonstrated that the strategy could work. —- The government has decided to use taxpayers’ money to help Tepco compensate tens of thousands of people affected by the Fukushima accident. Total damages are expected to run into trillions of yen, equating to tens of billions of pounds. —- although there are fears that the costs will be passed on to consumers in the form of higher electricity bills.

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