From: Farrmer, Mitchell T. [[email protected]]
Sent: Tuesday, March 15, 2011 7:27 PM
To: Tinkler, Charles
Cc: Basu, Sudhamay; Gavrilas, Mirela; Lee, Richard; Grandy, Christopher
Subject: RE: Fukushima
I’m sure you know the fire’s back in unit 4. As I noted to you earlier Charlie, I heard they did a full core unload into the pool for unit 4 so they could do maintannce on the reactor.
I don’t know if that’s true but at this point I’d have to assume that it is.
So, Unit 4 pool has a full core load in it and needs full attention. I think there are a couple of days of time on the other units, but this one needs full attention.
Even if they can get up to the stairwell opening and aim a fire hose over towards the pool that would be a great help; use the stairwell as shielding.
That’s easy for me to say setting here at my computer.
I also heard there were holes in the upper structure from the earlier hydrogen explosion in unit 4.
It would be really nice if they could use an aerial lift that could go up to the opening with the hose attachment without personnel involved, I don’t think this helicopter concept will work.
Also, a good soldier with the appropriate weapon could probably make an appropriate opening in the exterior buidling adjacent to the pool so that a fire hose could be dropped in near or in the pool.
I suspect at this time that radiation levels are far too high for near approach. Lifts are available that can go up to 150′; I’ve pasted in reference for one below (this isn’t the greatest but I wanted to confirm that a lift was available).
I’m sure they have one somewhere like this in Japan, maybe more compact. Limited data I have indicates the total height of the confiment structure is about 45 m or 150 ft so that this one could reach top of the structure.
Sorry, I’m grasping at straws but this needs to be stabilized. I feel a bit helpless here.
- March 14, 2011, 11:30pm Japan Nuclear Facility Updates – Unit 2 Ex Vessel Fuel Damage – Substantial Debris in Unit 3 SFP (enformable.com)