[ RadSafe ] More Fukushima misinformation

Brennan, Mike (DOH) Mike.Brennan at DOH.WA.GOV
Mon Nov 25 15:22:43 CST 2013

There are more gems in this "article" than I think I've ever seen
assembled in one place before.  And the quality is amazing.  I
particularly like the idea that MOX fuel could trigger a plus of
neutrons that would ignite distant nuclear power plants, STARTING with
one ten kilometers away.


The urgency of this transfer operation is prompted by the warping of the
supporting steel frame by the twin fires that followed the March 11
quake. The pool is also tilting. If the unbalanced structure topples,
the collapse would trigger nuclear reactions. A cascade of neutrons
could then ignite the nearby common fuel pool for Reactors 1 through 6.
The common pool contains 6,735 used assemblies.

The Reactor 4 spent fuel pool contains an estimated 400 tons of uranium
and plutonium oxide, compared with just 6.2 kilograms of plutonium
inside Fat Man, the hydrogen bomb that obliterated Nagasaki in 1945.
(While predictions are bandied about by experts and bloggers, there
exists no reliable method for calculating the potential sum or flow rate
of radiation releases, measured in becquerel or sievert units, after an
accident. The tonnage involved, however, indicates only that a
large-scale event is likely and a cataclysm cannot be ruled out.)

The un-irradiated rods inside the Unit 4 spent-fuel pool are, in all
probability, made of a new type of MOX fuel containing highly enriched
plutonium. If the frame collapses, triggering fire or explosion inside
the spent-fuel pool, the plutonium would pulse powerful neutron bursts
that may well possibly ignite distant nuclear power plants, starting
with the Fukushima No.2 plant, 10 kilometers to the south.

Hydrogen gas, despite its high combustive energy per kilogram, lacks
sufficient density to inflict such damage to reinforced concrete, as
would a carbon-bonded gas like acetylene. A logical deduction then is
that a cask of new fuel rods left on the roof during the GE-H refit was
ignited by neutrons emitted from the SPF fire.

An alternative possibility is of a tritium-plutonium reaction creating
gas plasma inside the spent fuel pool. The condition of the cladding on
the rods, which would have been melted by plasma, can indicate the heat
source during those two fires. None dare mention are tritium-plutonium
inter-reaction because that is the formula for a thermonuclear bomb,
that is, the H-bomb. MOX fuel does have the potential to generate
sufficient tritium for a thermonuclear, and that is what so rattled
Naoto Kan by March 12, 2011.

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