Nuclear Industry Executive/Consultant Update on Developments at Fukushima

The astounding pace with which astonishing events are rolling out of this end of the timeline around the world and here at home have preoccupied my days and nights the last few months, it seems. I've been hoping to catch up on things but the phase 'humanly possible' rudely interrupts my everyday agenda.

The tripled-disaster of the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear power plant destruction in Japan are not the least important of events and with a science/technology background, I'd feel compelled to commentary, if possible.

Instead, two updates on March 31 from former industry executive, Arnie Gunderson, with an informed interpretation of recent news and events that I'm compelled to offer, as a better -- though probably scarier -- alternative.

Gundersen describes the Fukushima plant as stable, but precarious. In this update, he discusses the high levels of radiation (2 Million disintegrations/second being found on the ground as far as 25 miles from the plant site.) He also addresses a New York Times report of hundreds of tons of water being put into the reactors each day. Gundersen points out that all of the water going in to the reactors is being irradiated, leaking out, and polluting the Ocean. He concludes by discussing the differences between the accident scenarios that the nuclear industry previously planned for and what has actually happened.

Update on Fukushima: Discussion of High Level Radiation Releases and the Previous "Worse Case Senario" Planned for by The Indust from Fairewinds Associates on Vimeo.


Gunderson provided no written narrative of this clip. Instead, he presented it as an apparently unanticipated second-of-the-day update interpreting an undated video clip that crossed his radar. He seems to consider this evidence of unshielded nuclear fuel racks (containing 'cans' of bundled rods) normally under 30 feet of water for storage, being directly exposed to air an important enough development to warrant the extra commentary. Seems to add an extra dose of 'scary' to the situation.

Untitled from Fairewinds Associates on Vimeo.

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In the second video, there's a point at which Gunderson refers to the fact that the racks should be under 30 feet of water and, not being so, leaves them extraordinarily hot. That point he intends to be one of the kicker messages from this video because it's where he describes plutonium and cerium being found offsite.

He uses the term 'volatile' to describe what he thinks is happening to the plutonium in the fuel rods and it's important to understand that, as an engineer, he's intending that we understand plutonium and cerium probably being found offsite by way of heat probably melting and then volatilizing them to an airborne state.

That's bad!

Let's hope they can't get too high in the atmosphere...tho I suspect they'd likely disperse before getting too far, I'd rather not see what would happen.