Damn… experts and amateurs alike have been saying that there’s just no other way and it took the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency an entire month to admit it… Jeez. No wonder the Japanese have lost trust in their government and the agencies that are STILL downplaying the severity of this mess… Makes me wonder when the US EPA will change their tone about food safety, too. (not holding my breath – after all the Obama regime is sadly still functioning as a PR and legislative arm of the nuclear industry…).
They have yet to admit the melting of spent fuel in the damaged spent fuel pond of Unit 4, though. Arnie Gundersen makes a good observation about that in his April 18 update @ http://www.fairewinds.com/ (see also my previous blogpost).
The Yomiuri Shimbun reported today (April 20, 2011): http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T110419004267.htm
” The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency [NISA] has reported to a Cabinet Office safety panel that nuclear fuel pellets in the Nos. 1 to 3 reactors at the quake-hit Fukushima power station are believed to have partially melted. The report was the first time the agency, […] has acknowledged that nuclear fuel has melted at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant. […] The agency had previously only described the nuclear fuel as having been at least 3 percent “damaged.” […] “We can’t say for sure about how much has melted […] ”
Thus: Independent experts were right from the beginning & TEPCO and the Japanese government has been trying to deceive the world. Those claiming differently have obviously not being paying close attention.