Bombing Runs

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Helicopters doused 30 metric tons of water on pools used to cool spent fuel rods. No change in radiation levels was reported after four bombing runs, Kyodo News said citing the utility.

Harmful radioactive material could be emitted from the rods if attempts to immerse them aren’t successful, said Peter Burns, former chief executive officer of the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency.

“The dose rates around the vicinity of the reactor buildings will be so high that the workers will not be able to get in there and do anything,” Burns told reporters on a conference call from Melbourne. “Then you have a more or less cascading situation.”

Operators evacuated a central control room for about 45 minutes yesterday amid concerns that a containment vessel at the plant’s reactor No. 3 was damaged and leaking radiation, the agency said. Two employees who were wearing full-face masks in the main control room complained of discomfort and were taken to the plant’s industrial doctor, according to the report.

Radiation Surge

“The fact they were evacuated means that they were getting very high surges of doses that were just too high to permit them to keep working,” said Evan Douple, associate chief of research at the Radiation Effects Research Foundation in Hiroshima.
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