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“This may be a global problem for the entire nuclear industry.” – Belgian Nuclear Regulator, FANC, Director General, Jan Bens, February 13, 2015.
In this blog post: Couple photos. + New revelations about the micro-cracks in reactor vessels, as reported on Belgian TV, and organized in a pdf. by Greenpeace-Europe.
In the Feb. 13, 2015 broadcast of TERZAKE, a Belgian TV (Dutch-language) program that delves deeper into news topics, the first quarter was spent on new findings regarding the micro cracks found at the Nuclear Power Plants of Doel and Tihange, Belgium. (The first 1 minute is the intro to the various segments:
!!!–> (In Dutch, with some English segments in it) @ http://deredactie.be/cm/vrtnieuws/videozone/programmas/terzake/2.37612
The findings are introduced by the program’s host (translated from Dutch):
“Again alarming news about our nuclear power plants. Not only do they generate a lot of energy (at least when they’re functional…), but also lots of problems. The small ruptures in the walls of the reactor vessels of Doel and Tihange are far more serious than previously thought. There’s a lot more of them and they are more dangerous. Experts are now warning: The pressure of hydrogen gas [inside the cracks] might be able to make the walls swell, split or rupture, with all catastrophic consequences that would entail.”
The video then shows a pipeline in Manitoba, Canada that exploded. It is explained later in the reporting that hydrogen pressure build-up inside the micro-cracks in pipelines is a well-known problem in the oil industry, but that this possibility has been largely ignored in the nuclear industry. Top experts are extremely concerned about potential catastrophes in aging reactors.
No need to transcribe this report: Greenpeace has already compiled an overview of the findings (in English): NUCLEAR REACTOR PRESSURE VESSEL CRISIS – GREENPEACE BRIEFING – February 15, 2015:
In the blog post (Nov. 8, 2014), “Nuclear Power Company ELECTRABEL chooses to gamble… Belgium and surroundings“, I touched on the potential consequences for Europe already.
- !-> For further developments, check http://www.fukuleaks.org/web/ and others on my Nuclear News Links page.
- Something about hydrogen [h/t Shaker1]: http://www.metallurgvanadium.com/hydrogenpage.html
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UPDATE: Feb. 21, 2015: Those micro cracks aren’t so micro. Some of the cracks are as long as 6 and 9 cm (3.5 inches). VRT (Belgian TV in Flemish/Dutch), Feb 21, 2015, @ 4:45 into http://deredactie.be/cm/vrtnieuws/videozone/programmas/journaal/2.37711
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