TERZAKE (Belgian TV) on Reactor Vessel Micro-Cracks. Leuven & UC Berkeley Expert Findings: Situation More Dangerous than Previously Thought, Urging UltraSound Inspections of ALL Planet’s 435+ Nuclear Reactors / Greenpeace Briefing

Crestone, Colorado – February 19, 2015 – DISCLAIMER

“This may be a global problem for the entire nuclear industry.”  – Belgian Nuclear Regulator, FANC, Director General, Jan Bens, February 13, 2015.

SHORT-LINK:  http://tinyurl.com/pm8mkyk

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.


First morning light shining through the high-elevation blowing snows… (Feb. 18, 2015)

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:

!!!-> https://www.greenpeace.de/sites/www.greenpeace.de/files/publications/briefing-cracking-rpv-20150217.pdf

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.

 — May Sanity Prevail on Earth —

DSCN0939Photos at beginning and end of this blog post were taken yesterday.

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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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7 Responses to TERZAKE (Belgian TV) on Reactor Vessel Micro-Cracks. Leuven & UC Berkeley Expert Findings: Situation More Dangerous than Previously Thought, Urging UltraSound Inspections of ALL Planet’s 435+ Nuclear Reactors / Greenpeace Briefing

  1. Michael, I’ve a suggestion for this post that you might consider citing directly from fukuleaks an article of theirs from 2012 they reference in the current one you’ve given:


    That one states: “Belgian officials earlier this week announced that the reactor vessel at the Doel nuclear plant, unit 3 was found to have cracks. The Belgian regulator said the cracks in the reactor vessel are due to manufacturing problems, not from aging.”

    I realize that statement must be looked at with some question as the ‘Belgian officials’ may have at the time been more worried about the implications of shutting the other plants around that used the same manufacturer. After all, the manufacturer is Dutch, economically important, likely has political pull, and likely open to liability if such a deep process flaw is detected. While I personally won’t discount any problems that are related to age, I do think this is quite disturbing.

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  3. Thanks for contributing that.

    Some more added in additional blogpost (Feb 27, 2015) @ http://tinyurl.com/ntecsjp

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