March 12th, 2011 – NRC folks following this issue outside of the Op center can’t really tell what is going on – GEH had over 70 employees onsite at the time of the quake

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From: Mendiola, Anthony
To: Ruland, William
Sent: Sat Mar 12 22:02:10 2011
Subject: RE: Sea Water and Boron

Spoke with Paul.

He feels that the near term strategy is to keep the core covered, deal with the consequences of the use of borated sea water later.

I asked him about the fuel and sea water. The fuel components should be fine for the near term if subjected to sea water. Zr should be very resistant.

He is concerned that the NRC folks following this issue outside of the Op center can’t really tell what is going on and thus may offer less than perfect suggestions of what is going on in Japan. He suggests that some of the licensing and operational departments of some of the domestic BWRs may have better knowledge and understanding than we do, so we should consider be asking them for information: As an aside, I heard that GEH had over 70 employees onsite at the time of the quake, so there maybe some info there in Wilmington.

Also, we may have additional BWR system experts on the staff that management is not aware of that may lend additional advice.

Tony

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