A baby and her mother are scanned for radiation before they enter an evacuation centre in Fukushima Prefecture, northern Japan, March 17, 2011.
The US-based company General Electric was forewarned of the critical engineering flaws in its water-cooled nuclear reactors which are currently in danger of undergoing a catastrophic meltdown in Japan.
During the initial engineering of the nuclear reactor over 35 years ago, concerns were raised that the cooling system would not withstand a severe accident, following with the resignation of three GE employees, ABC News reported.
“They went back and re-analyzed the loads the structures might receive and beefed up the ability of the containment to handle greater loads,” says Dale G. Bridenbaugh, one of the three resigned engineers, adding that “the [new version] Mark 1 is still a little more susceptible to an accident that would result in a loss of containment.”
General Electric designed all six reactors at the Fukushima nuclear power plant and is the only builder of boiling-water-reactors in the world.
Military publicist from Russian newspaper Zavtra, Vladislav Shurygin, believes that “Today we are not dealing with a Japanese nuclear catastrophe, despite the whole world watching developments in Japan and everyone knowing about Fukushima. In fact, it’s an American nuclear disaster. All four reactors hit by explosions were built by the American General Electric Company. Moreover, the plant was constructed and designed mainly by American experts.”
“Japan itself doesn’t produce any reactors and the country is forbidden to engage in any nuclear power research. So, we are witnessing a drama of the American energy industry despite it happening on Japanese territory,” Shurygin concludes.