Nuclear Expert: Why Steam From Reactor 3 at Fukushima Matters
Fukushima Reactor 3 & 4 2011
In September of 2013, steam was observed coming from Reactor 3.
The average temperature in Fukushima was 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit) during the day time high.
According to Gordon Edwards, president of the Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility (CCNR) spoke about the steam and warned that could be indicative of an under-reported problem.
Edwards explained that “nobody quite understands what’s going on . . . in fact there’s been several incidents of steam escaping.”
Mehran Keshe, nuclear scientist and founder of the Keshe Foundation, explained that TEPCO is not listening to scientists from all over the world that are in accord that Fukushima is responsible for the poisoning of Japanese citizens through contact with radioactive elements that are causing cancer.
Just a few months ago, TEPCO admitted they do not know why the steam began emanating and irresponsibly told the public that it was just a “puddle sitting atop the reactor and was not dangerous.”
TEPCO did report that they have not recorded an increase of radioactivity being released into the environment from Reactor 3. Essentially a steady stream of radioactive material has been seeping into the environment, and the downplay of the potential severity of the situation continued on.
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on December 17th of last year, TEPCO began to “remove fuel assemblies from the Reactor 3 Spent Fuel Pool, removal of large-size debris in the Spent Fuel Pool”. Not long after this began, steam once again began to emanate from Reactor 3.
Since December 24th of 2013, reports coming directly from TEPCO’s website have confirmed that steam has been emanating from Rector 3.
The day time high during the 3 days in question was 6 degrees Celsius (43 degrees Fahrenheit).
Over the course of 3 days, reports continued to claim that no “abnormal plant conditions” have been identified at Rector 3 where the steam has been observed on camera.
Recent commentary on the steam rising from Rector 3 claims that because it is currently winter in “much of the northern hemisphere” that the steam is simply “hot water vapor [being] released daily” from the devastated Fukushima nuclear plant.
Under normal conditions , with temperature differences between the environment and the nuclear plant, this explanation would make sense.
Although the steam rising from Reactor 3 is undeniably more visible during the winter months, it is certainly not just ordinary “hot water vapor” as some media outlets may suggest.
Indeed, the winter weather water vapor theory does not account for TEPCO surveillance cameras recording steam rising from Reactor 3 in the middle of summer, as was shown in this video.
The specific elements contained within the steam should be the focal point of discussion in terms of properly appreciating the potential consequences yet to manifest at Reactor 3.
In 2011, at Reactor 3, the water in the reactor vessel evaporated.
Fuel became uncovered, and heated up to a temperature of 2,300 degrees Celsius.
It mixed with the materials of the structure to form magma called Corium.
The Corium flowed down to the bottom of the reactor vessel, which is made of steel.
According to Japanese investigators, the Corium pierced the reactor vessel before falling on the concrete basement inside the containment.
Questions about how much erosion to the concrete has occurred because of the Corium still remain unanswered.
The steam emanating from Reactor 3 is most assuredly radioactive.
In fact, TEPCO lied at first about Corium melting through concrete and steel casings.
The Institute of Applied Energy (IAE) pointed out that, at least in Reactor 1, the Corium did indeed melt through the barriers, causing the vessel to “tilt”.
Reactor 3 could be showing signs that Corium may be causational to a possible future disaster issue due to the mixture of Corium with the radioactive water which would cause a violent reaction.
Harvey Wasserman, nuclear energy activist, explained that during the 40 years he has been involved in activism, “no one ever talked about the possibility of multiple meltdowns, but that is what occurred at Fukushima.”
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TEPCO has been caught doctoring the readings and downplay the impact of Fukushima by ordering workers at the cleanup sites “to shield their dosimeter with lead covers to make the integral dose look lower than actual.”
Workers confirmed that “they covered the dosimeters with lead cases.”
TEPCO omitted to the public that leaks resulting in radioactive water being dumped into the Pacific Ocean.
In July of 2013, the Japanese Nuclear Regulation Authority (JNRA) finally told the press that the leaking of this deadly water from Fukushima had been occurring since the accident.