13 May '11, 12am

Japan Reactor Crisis Deepens With Reports that Fuel Rods Are Fully Exposed

Nick Berning, 202-222-0748, [email protected] ; Kelly Trout, 202-222-0722, [email protected] Radioactive fuel rods are fully exposed and melting, TEPCO reports, but U.S. regulators continue to downplay severity of crisis and refuse to extend 90-day review WASHINGTON, D.C.— According to news reports , Japanese utility TEPCO has announced that it has learned that radioactive fuel rods in reactor 1 at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility are fully exposed and melting. Melting fuel has reportedly dropped to the bottom of reactor 1’s pressure vessel. According to U.S. nuclear experts, fuel may have already melted through the reactor itself and could be in the process of melting through the concrete containment structure—the last barrier between the radioactive fuel and the outside environment. “This is an extremely precarious situation,” said Damon Moglen, the climate and energy ...

Full article: http://www.foe.org/japan-reactor-crisis-deepens-reports-f...

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