NRC Transcripts – Fukushima Reactor 3 Spent Fuel Pool crack and possible loss of inventory

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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION
JAPAN’S FUKUSHIMA DAIICHI ET AUDIO FILE
WEDNESDAY – MARCH 16, 2011

 


NRC CHAIRMAN JACZKO: Can you just give me kind of a basic rundown? Well, let me run through what I think the current status is. Units 1, 2, and 3 reactors are continuing to do seawater injection.

BRUCE: Affirmative.

NRC CHAIRMAN JACZKO: I’m sorry?

BRUCE: That’s affirmative.

NRC CHAIRMAN JACZKO: Okay. Unit No. 3, spent-fuel pool has a crack and possible loss of inventory.

BRUCE: We believe that to be true still.

NRC CHAIRMAN JACZKO: I’m sorry, I didn’t hear that.

BRUCE: Yes, sir.

NRC CHAIRMAN JACZKO: Okay. Correct.

BRUCE: Correct.

NRC CHAIRMAN JACZKO: And spent-fuel pool No. 4 has no water and possible zirc fire?

BRUCE: We know that, we feel that it has no water and the structural integrity is in question.

NRC CHAIRMAN JACZKO: Okay. And likely zirc interaction or not?

BRUCE: We don’t know that.

NRC CHAIRMAN JACZKO: Okay. Okay. So, we believe it has no water and may not have structural integrity, but that’s not confirmed?

BRUCE: Yes.

NRC CHAIRMAN JACZKO: Okay. There were four points that were circulated earlier. I don’t know if you’re familiar with those.

BILL: Well, I’m here, Chairman. This is

Bill. I can tell them what they are.

NRC CHAIRMAN JACZKO: Okay. I mean, the bottom line, is there any change to our thinking about those four points at this point?

MALE PARTICIPANT: Well, I think No. 4 is still valid, but we had previously removed No. 4, right?

NRC CHAIRMAN JACZKO: Well, yes, it’s still there, but we still believe its valid?

MALE PARTICIPANT: We still thinks there’s a a reasonable basis for No. 4.

NRC CHAIRMAN JACZKO: Okay. Thank you. That’s what I needed. Okay.


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