March 23, 2011

1500 EDT

Briefing Sheet Fukushima Daiichi
Units 1, 2, and 3 reactors appear to be in a static condition. Seawater injection to the reactor coolant systems (via fire trucks) is continuing; however flow rates very limited on Unit 1 and Unit 3. Containment integrity status is uncertain for all 3 units. Report of steam coming from Unit 2. Reports of smoke from Unit 3 due to potential oil fire (Source: INPO). Pump cooling Unit 5 reactor and spent fuel pool (RHR) stopped today, TEPCO working to replace. AC power cables installed from a nearby transmission line to Units 1&2. TEPCO is working to establish power to necessary cooling equipment (U2 first). Electrical power has been restored to the Unit 3 control room (Source: NHK World). Power cables connected to a load center in Unit 4. External AC power restored to Unit 5 and 6. Unit 6 diesel generators running. RHR pumps providing cooling to both Units 5&6. 480 VAC power has been restored to portions of all 4 units, but limited capability to operate any equipment at this time. Multi-day trending of all available dose rate information shows slightly declining levels. Some indications of trace but detectable amounts of 1-131 are being reported at some nuclear plants in the U.S. (Ginna, Nine Mile, Kewaunee, SONGS, and Diablo Canyon). PMT is reviewing data sets. Requested NRR assistance in reviewing Information Notice on industry data collection, similar to what was done following the Chernobyl accident in 1986 Industry Consortium call established for 10:00 am each day. Priorities include establishing a method for US industry to interact with TEPCO (INPO representative has arrived in Tokyo 23 March 23 local time) and offering longer-term solutions for core and spent fuel pool cooling. Two shipments of the first train of Bechtel-designed equipment arrived at Yokota Air Base. There is a third shipment of components for this train that will be shipped on Thursday, as the fittings etc., are still being fabricated. DoD is the lead U.S. Government agency coordinating equipment support logistics, funding, etc. EDO and Office Directors are addressing roles and responsibilities of the Operations Center vice work to be done by offices (outside Operations Center).