Greenpeace statement on TEPCO announcement that fuel in Fukushima reactor 1 has melted

Press release - May 12, 2011
Tokyo, Japan, 12 May 2011 – “Earlier readings of water levels, temperatures and pressure Fukushima Reactor 1 lead to assumptions by the authorities that reactors 1, 2 and 3 were stabilising. What we are now seeing is that at least some water level readings were entirely wrong,” said Jan Beránek, Greenpeace International Nuclear Campaign Leader. "As the fuel rods were fully exposed and subsequently melted, it is highly likely that the core’s integrity is compromised and that there is larger amount of melted fuel at the bottom of the reactor pressure vessel."

“The situation is clearly far more serious than previously reported, and could escalate rapidly if the lava melts through the reactor vessel,” said Beránek. “This is yet another reminder that nuclear technology is inherently unsafe, and that there are no practical means of limiting the scale of damage when crises like Fukushima occur.”

Greenpeace is calling for all new nuclear plant builds to be abandoned, for current reactors to be decommissioned as soon as possible, and for massive investment in renewable technologies to move world economies away from outdated, dirty and dangerous forms of energy generation.

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