Originally Posted by CHLChris
This story is all over the blogosphere, but I can't find any original source. Smells like a hoax, looks like a hoax, quacks like a hoax.
I worked for 20 years building Nuclear equipment for power plants all over the world and have never seen a spent fuel pond 100' above the ground. I am almost 100% certain that no reactor has 1500+ fuel rods in it. I have seen several hundred spent rods stored in a spent fuel pond but they were placed with drivers and blanket rods spacing everything out to keep them cool. With the exception of research reactors that use very small rods with limited radiation potential.
All of the US power plants must keep a vast volume of water to do a forced cool down in the event of a overheating issue.
As for the Cesium-137, your body gets it from deer meat, not even close to this volume but it is there, so 85 times the Cesium is not likely to be that big of a factor here in the US. In other parts of the article it stated 10 times the Cesium so that leads to the BS factor.
The spent fuel pond walls are several feet thick and lined with stainless steel, if they are open air pools with no water in them then the rods will heat up to dangerous levels but the streaming radiation will go straight up from the pool what we have to worry about is contamination for now.
All spent fuel ponds are open top ponds filled with water to slow the radiation down and act as shielding as well as keeping the fuel cool, depending on the placement of the rods to the mating rods to complete the irradiation process the heating is more than likely not an issue at all.
"The release of this amount of Cesium-137 would “destroy the world environment and our civilization. This is an issue of human survival.” (http://akiomatsumura.com/2012/04/682.html)" This would have to happen as a chain reaction with every fuel rod on site at the same time within minutes, and it did not happen at Chernobyl to any degree depicted in this article.
The IAEA is the world Nuclear police and are investigating this incident and have been overlooking each of the reactors in Japan since they were built. There are a maze of safety factors to everything that goes into a Nuke site regardless if it comes into contact with radiation or not. Let alone if it is Safety rated, the factor goes up by 150%.
Do not put too much faith into this article as just too much does not make sense, too much crying wolf for me. Do we need to be concerned about what happened YES we do, panic no.