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The chief of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Wednesday that all the water is gone from one of the spent fuel pools at Japan's most troubled nuclear plant. But Japanese officials denied it.
"There is no water in the spent fuel pool and we believe that radiation levels are extremely high, which could possibly impact the ability to take corrective measures," NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko said at a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing.
If Jaczko was correct, this would mean there was nothing to stop the fuel rods from heating and ultimately melting down. The outer shel
Originally posted by rogerstigers
So the question is, who is lying? Is TEPCO, a known liar, misleading the public -- or is the US, also a known liar, but one with no motivation for lying at the moment, lying?
Originally posted by Maxmars
I am not a scientist. Therefore I am about to show my ignorance, so correct me if I am wrong.
If the material gets so hot that it melts, does that mean that a superheated mass of molten material will vaporize anything beneath it, pushing the super-heated material upwards as a plume of particles?
I know that the MSM seems slowly shimmying into the admission that this horrible accident appears to be heading towards an epically tragic ending.
The minute it was realized that there was no positive control of the coolant system, they should have immediately begun deploying the kind of special concrete containment they resorted to in Chernobyl. Is there another way this can end?
By waiting, they force a human sacrifice to this horror; as if it weren't bad enough.
Sorry, this has me thinking darkly.