The New York Times Let The Truth Slip Out on the Radiation in Japan

RadiationFlashes of extremely intense radioactivity have become a serious problem, he said. Tokyo Electric’s difficulties in providing accurate information on radiation are not a result of software problems, as some Japanese officials have suggested, but stem from damage to measurement instruments caused by radiation, the executive said. It’s at the end of this NY Times article:

Still, concerns about the plant remain high. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission speculated Wednesday that some of the core of the No. 2 reactor had flowed from its steel pressure vessel into the bottom of the containment structure. The theory implies more damage at the unit than previously believed.

While a spokeswoman for Tokyo Electric dismissed the analysis, a spokesman for the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency of Japan agreed that it was possible that the core had leaked into the larger containment vessel.

The possibility raised new questions. The Nuclear Regulator Commission said that its speculation about the flow of core material out of the reactor vessel would explain high radiation readings in an area underneath, called the drywell.

But some of the radiation readings at Reactors Nos. 1 and 3 over the last week were nearly as high as or higher than the 3,300 rems per hour that the commission said it was trying to explain, so it would appear that the speculation would apply to them as well. At No. 2, extremely radioactive material continues to ooze out of the reactor pressure vessel, and the leak is likely to widen with time, a western nuclear executive asserted.

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  • DRLECHCTER

    The NY Times changed/sanitized the story after it got reposted elsewhere. To see the original release go to this link:
    http://2012indyinfo.wordpress.com/2011/04/07/powerful-aftershock-complicates-japan’s-nuclear-efforts/

    The last few paragraphs of the current times article are significantly different than the original NY times article and make it sound much less out of control than the original times article did. Below are the original last few paragraphs of the times article before it was changed:

    Extremely radioactive material continues to ooze out of the reactor pressure vessel at No. 2, and the leak is likely to widen with time, a senior nuclear executive said.

    “It’s a little like pulling a thread out of your tie,” the executive said. “Any breach gets bigger.”

    Flashes of extremely intense radioactivity have become a serious problem, he said. Tokyo Electric’s difficulties in providing accurate information on radiation are not a result of software problems, as some Japanese officials have suggested, but stem from damage to measurement instruments caused by radiation because it exceeds the maximum dose that they are designed to measure, he said.

    “It’s killing the measuring equipment,” he said. “They’re blaming it on software — it’s their meters getting cooked.”

    Broken pieces of fuel rods have been found outside of Reactor No. 2, and are now being covered with bulldozers, he said. The broken pieces may be from spent fuel rods in the spent-fuel pools, rather than from the reactors themselves. Hydrogen explosions have flung them out of the reactor building.

    “They’re running bulldozers around to bury the stuff so it doesn’t cook people going by,” he said.

    Keith Bradsher contributed reporting from Hong Kong.

  • DRLECHCTER

    The NY Times changed/sanitized the story after it got reposted elsewhere. To see the original release go to this link:
    http://2012indyinfo.wordpress.com/2011/04/07/powerful-aftershock-complicates-japan’s-nuclear-efforts/

    The last few paragraphs of the current times article are significantly different than the original NY times article and make it sound much less out of control than the original times article did. Below are the original last few paragraphs of the times article before it was changed:

    Extremely radioactive material continues to ooze out of the reactor pressure vessel at No. 2, and the leak is likely to widen with time, a senior nuclear executive said.

    “It’s a little like pulling a thread out of your tie,” the executive said. “Any breach gets bigger.”

    Flashes of extremely intense radioactivity have become a serious problem, he said. Tokyo Electric’s difficulties in providing accurate information on radiation are not a result of software problems, as some Japanese officials have suggested, but stem from damage to measurement instruments caused by radiation because it exceeds the maximum dose that they are designed to measure, he said.

    “It’s killing the measuring equipment,” he said. “They’re blaming it on software — it’s their meters getting cooked.”

    Broken pieces of fuel rods have been found outside of Reactor No. 2, and are now being covered with bulldozers, he said. The broken pieces may be from spent fuel rods in the spent-fuel pools, rather than from the reactors themselves. Hydrogen explosions have flung them out of the reactor building.

    “They’re running bulldozers around to bury the stuff so it doesn’t cook people going by,” he said.

    Keith Bradsher contributed reporting from Hong Kong.

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    does anyone else think S.T.A.L.K.E.R. when you see these articles?

  • This guy

    does anyone else think S.T.A.L.K.E.R. when you see these articles?