Nuclear Engineer: Pyrophoric Fire May Have Already Occurred At Fukushima Reactor No. 4 Spent Fuel Pool

Nuclear Engineer: Pyrophoric fire may have already occurred at Fukushima Unit 4 spent fuel pool — Explosion possibly due to rods not being covered with water (AUDIO) (ENENews, Oct 21, 2013):

Title: Interview with Chris Harris
Source: Nutrimedical Report
Date: Oct. 17, 2013

At 23:00 in

Chris Harris, former licensed Senior Reactor Operator and engineer: There’s a website I was looking at about, remember we talked a lot about the FOIAs, Freedom of Information Act responses, that were asked from the media and from the alternative media, back in the time frame of April of 2011, and see what was really going on, a lot of those were released. There’s a website named Hatrick Penry, I was looking at it this week, they just put out another blog, and I sent you a link to his website, what he did was he put a lot of those in order. Some of the things that we have done also, he had some good comments about it, I give credit where credit is due. And the pyrophoric fire on Unit 4 spent fuel pool, they may have actually had it. It’s not conclusive what was the cause of the explosion on Unit 4, it’s not conclusive where did the hydrogen come from, and would indicate that they did have uncovering of the fuel at one point. So there’s a lot of evidence in those FOIAs and it’s all strung together […]

At 31:30 in

Harris: That Hatrick Penry wordpress, like I said he did a pretty good job of stringing together a lot of the FOIA responses. There are a lot of emails back and forth, it actually shows how our Nuclear Regulatory Commission handled it. They were asking some good questions at the beginning, then somewhere along the way the communications broke down and they start to control information instead of letting it flow. And you can see how that played out and they didn’t really know what was going on. There was a lot of conjecture; there was a lot of information given out about Unit 4. That’s always been one of my biggest concerns, because that’s a lot of fresh fuel just sitting out in nowhere. That could have had a drained spent fuel pool, and we still didn’t know, so at that point — a pyrophoric fire, by the way to answer your question, put simply it’s a class D fire, a metal burning fire very difficult to extinguish… if you pour water on them they get hotter.

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