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.
- March 25th, 2011- Issues with seawater in a BWR – Crack growth rate found to be 30 times higher than KAPL paper (enformable.com)
- March 18th 2011 – It might be good to know the effects of salt deposition on cooling of BWR fuel assemblies (enformable.com)
- Installation of BWR Drywell – Nine Mile Point (enformable.com)
- Exelon Nuclear and GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy Sign Services Contract (enformable.com)
- March 14th, 2011 – NRC circulating requests for former BWR operators (enformable.com)
- March 16th, 2011 – Classified as OUO documents – BWR zirc fire data (enformable.com)
- March 15th 2011 – Table of BWR’s Mark I (enformable.com)
- March 16th 2011 – NRC Admits Zirc Fire Is Possible – But Won’t Release All the Research Data (enformable.com)
- BWR – Boiling Water Reactors (enformable.com)
- March 14th, 2011 – NRC ONLY Update – All 3 Reactor cores likely damaged (enformable.com)