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Japan: “Catastrophic” Meltdown Possible

March 14, 2011

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If ever there was a case against developing any new nuclear power plants, it is this…

NY Times reports 9:15 AM PST: TOKYO — The risk of a meltdown spread to a third reactor at a stricken nuclear power plant in Japan on Monday as its cooling systems failed, exposing its fuel rods, only hours after a second [hydrogen] explosion at a separate reactor blew the roof off a containment building.

Operators fear that if they cannot establish control, despite increasingly desperate measures to do so, the reactors could experience full meltdowns, which could release catastrophic amounts of radiation. The two reactors where the explosions occurred are both presumed to have already suffered partial meltdowns — a dangerous situation that, if unchecked, could lead to full meltdowns.

The country’s nuclear power watchdog said readings taken soon after the explosion showed no big change in radiation levels around the plant or any damage to the containment vessel, which protects the radioactive material in the reactor.

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Related: WSJ Reports:
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is now reviewing 20 more license applications from a dozen companies seeking to produce nuclear power. Site preparations for new reactors have begun in Georgia and South Carolina, and plans are underway to finish a reactor that was started years ago but never completed in Tennessee. That reactor should come online in 2013 and those in South Carolina and Georgia are expected to begin operations in 2016.

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