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Friday, March 18, 2011

Saltwater May Further Damage Nuclear Reactors

Yesterday, I noted that a top physicist says:

What [the Japanese] are doing is basically using squirt guns against a raging forest fire.

He says the Japanese should instead use the Chernobyl style approach of entombing the reactors in boric acid, sand and concrete.

Today, nuclear expert Robert Alvarez - a senior U.S. Department of Energy official during the Clinton administration - pointed out to Kyodo News that dumping seawater on the reactors might actually further damage them:

When combined with the high heat at the reactor site, the seawater currently being poured on the facilities could destroy their cooling pumps or even corrode the containment vessels holding the plant's nuclear fuel, increasing the difficulty of containing the radioactive material.


  1. Take a look at this essay at Global Research

    It is lengthy but worth the read.

    There is also an interesting and disturbing interview at Democracy Now

  2. Did the U.S. start a war in order to distract from the nuclear fallout? I find the timing to be too coincidental.

  3. I think people should be more worried about fossil fuel power than nuclear. It has killed far more people through wars and such. Maybe some day the Nuclear power operators will have as much power money and influence as oil but not now or in the near term. My thoughts are that the oil companies couldn't be happier with the coverage of this event.

  4. That expert was correct. And not just container vessels and pressure vessels. They detected Zirconium-95 in sea water near the drain yesterday (seems like a week ago).

    It could have only come from zirconium cladding of the fuel rods gone radioactive. Zirconium interacts with high-temperature steam, and corrodes.


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