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Dangerous Operation at Fukushima’s Reactor No. 4 Could Ignite “Atomic Chain Reaction”

Posted By admin On August 15, 2013 @ 4:59 am In Commentary,Featured Stories,Tile | Comments Disabled

Jacob Chamberlain
Common Dreams [1]
August 15, 2013

Threatening to trigger a new—and possibly more devastating—nuclear disaster than the original or ongoing one at the Fukishima plant in Japan, a risky plan to remove fuel rods from a damaged reactor building could unleash an “unprecedented” level of radiation, according to experts, if things go wrong.

According to reporting [2] by Reuters, the radioactive material within the fuel rods slated for removal are equivalent to 14,000 times the amount released in the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and the plan to move them “has never been attempted before on this scale.”

The 400 tons of highly irradiated spent fuel and other nuclear materials will be taken from the crippled building and moved to a safer location, but the manner of the operation should be put in serious doubt, say the experts.

“They are going to have difficulty in removing a significant number of the rods,” said Arnie Gundersen, a veteran U.S. nuclear engineer and director of Fairewinds Energy Education. The fuel rods are being stored in a cooling pool, but if a reaction begins, Gundersen expressed serious concern to Reuters about the company’s ability to respond.

Full article here [3]


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[1] Common Dreams: http://www.commondreams.org/

[2] reporting: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/08/14/us-japan-fukushima-insight-idUSBRE97D00M20130814

[3] Full article here: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/08/14-6

[4] Chain Reaction: Third Explosion at Fukushima Nuclear Plant: http://www.prisonplanet.com/emergency-cooling-effort-failing-at-japanese-reactor-deepening-crisis.html

[5] Nuclear fuel rods fully exposed at Japan reactor – Jiji: http://www.prisonplanet.com/nuclear-fuel-rods-fully-exposed-at-japan-reactor-jiji.html

[6] Cover Up Of Fukushima Chain Reaction Underway: http://www.prisonplanet.com/chain-reaction-meltdown-all-the-nuclear-reactors-in-quake-hit-city-will-explode.html

[7] Japan’s ‘most dangerous reactor’ severely damaged, could become worse than Fukushima: http://www.prisonplanet.com/japans-most-dangerous-reactor-severely-damaged-could-become-worse-than-fukushima.html

[8] Exposed: Nuclear fuel rods inside wrecked reactor as experts predict radioactive plume will reach Britain in two weeks: http://www.prisonplanet.com/exposed-nuclear-fuel-rods-inside-wrecked-reactor-as-experts-predict-radioactive-plume-will-reach-britain-in-two-weeks.html

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