Eugene Wigner, Ed Siegel & Mark Hetherington and others identified it, now it's happening!
- FYI: This letter was sent to several "world-renowned experts" in alloys,
embrittlement,Wigner's disease, etc. This is part 1 of a 3-part
email.) Please forward it to politicians, media, etc. Thank you in
advance) -- Russell D. Hoffman, Concerned Citizen
From what we can gather from the newspapers (because the NRC doesn't want
to talk about it) (see next two emails containing related newspaper articles)
Just like: Eugene Wigner, Howard Richards, Savage & Nippies, Lai, and Dr.
Ed Siegel (ref. to his papers will follow in two accompanying emails), and
then Mark Hetherington and others long predicted, and you gentlemen, are
world-renowned experts in, these alloys suffer THERMAL INstability in
fabrication and/or in service, which is additive to radiation
embrittlement. , it looks like INCO 182 transition-weld OVERrageing
embrittlement spinodal decomposition is still alive and well and infecting
our nuclear power plants, both military (see H.M.S. Tire"less") and the
French nuclear submarine S.S.N. Emeraude (See ref. to follow) and now
Hamaoka Unit 1 BWR (Toshiba/GE; see Japan Times, Nov. 11th, 17th, and Dec.
5th, 2001 articles to follow, also go to www.japantimes.com, to find Chubo
Electric Company's actual photos of their piping failures and weld
failures, the recent Davis-Besse [see sequential articles to
follow]. Notice what seem to Dr. Seigel as nearly-unbelievably claims of
dilute boric acid creating a crevice excavation with root cracking through
six inches of Carbon-Manganese Pressure Vessel Steel, which had never been
non-destructive tested, relegating 2200 to 2500 PSI super-heated
(Beelzebub! ~"666" degrees Fahrenheit water!!!) protection from explosion
to austenitic stainless steel (first reported as 3/8s of an inch thick, but
then it swelled to 1/2 by the next day (in the reports, that is, having
been stretched and thinned in reality). The liner was blistered / extruded
into the opening at the crack tip when it hit the interface when it was
discovered on March 11th, 2002.
It seems to Dr. Siegel that that 3/8ths inch of steel was all that
protected Sandusky, Cleveland, Columbus, the rest of Ohio, PA, WV, etc.
from exposure to massive doses of radioisotopes with no core "meltdown" (a
core blowout instead) -- worse than Chernobyl, causing long-term
radiological diseases (cancer, leukemia, birth defects) for many
generations to come for people living downwind, including as far as
Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, etc.. Your families and mine.
Interestingly, the NRC attempted to cover this up from national media,
because upon Siegel and myself contacting the Los Angeles Times, the New
York Times, and the Washington Post at the highest levels, no one knew
about this "accident waiting to happen".
Siegel's thinking is as follows (and/or): One is thermal hydrolysis of
boric acid breaking up borate anion (BO3) releasing elemental Boron which
could replace the carbon in the Fe3C cementite and Mn23C6 carbides in the
Pressure Vessel Steel (PVS), converting them to Carbo-borides (Fe3BC) or
completely to borides and/or Mn23(B,C)6 or completely to borides (Fe3B)
and/or Mn23B6 (with presumably different specific precipitate volumes
and/or different precipitate thermal expansion coefficients, slowly wedging
crack tip open to propagate crack completely through PVS outer shell (much
like water cracking and spalling in cement). And/or concomitantly boric
acid thermal hydrolysis liberated hydrogen diffusing laterally and radially
into the PVS, forming either H2 bubbles and/or CH4 and/or gettering carbon
from Fe3C to form methane (CH4) bubbles under, again, huge pressures, both
cooperating to propagate cracking through ferritic PVS. If the latter
happens, the diffusion of the hydrogen should be as well parallel to PV
surface so that hydrogen and/or methane bubbles at quite some distance
laterally from initial boric acid drip zone trench. This could be readily
detectable via ultra-sonic pulse-echo NDE at significant distances from
boric-acid drip zone trench.
Would appreciate your comments on these two scenarios.
This is of course a lay person's summary of my conversation with Dr.
Siegel, who has asked me to alert you to this incident, and who suggests
you look at this material with great deliberation and depth, and we would
appreciate your making your conclusions known to senator Ed Markey, via his
Chief of Staff David Moulton. Here is his email address:
"David Moulton" <David.Moulton@...>
Please give him your opinions about how boric acid could possibly thermally
degrade (etch) a crevice or crack through this ferritic steel, and whether
that could be connected with the ubiquitous INCO 182 transition weld
"SUPER" alloy, and Inconel-600 control rod sleeves' extensive Wigner's
Disease/Ostwald Ripening / OVERageing Embrittlement /
INstability/"Sensitization" (not hugging trees!)
(Local former workers and current workers at San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant
in San Clemente, CA (near Ed and nearer me) have a theory that the crack
might have propagated outwards.)
Just in conclusion the fact that the companies won't even look is pretty
scary and the NRC isn't requiring immediate nationwide crack testing of
similar Pressurized Water Reactors (about 69 of our ~100 reactors are PWRs).
I'm not a metallurgist; however Ed and I have spoken about these issues for
scores of hours. We spoke over the phone for several hours about Hamaoka
when our conversations on those were interrupted and . Please spread this
around so that others are aware of this incident.
Here is Dr. Siegel's current email address:
"Dr.Ed. Siegel" <tat@...>
The NRC refuses to give Siegel additional information and instead, they
have lots of PR and Spin Doctoring, but according to Dr. Siegel, who has
spoken to upper, middle, and lower level personnel at the agency, "they
haven't technically a clue". (See article stating "we never envisioned
this in our wildest dreams".) Siegel's gut feeling is that this could be
sabotage. Mine is that it's stupidity, criminal negligence, and/or
carelessness, which in the end has nearly amounted to the exact same
thing. But Davis-Besse is just one of many, and none have been looked at
properly with NDE.
See Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey's web site for information on
infiltration of nuclear power plants, contractors, and possibly the DOE and
NRC by Muslim extremists, if not outright terrorists, many with nuclear
Please forward this to all the people you can, especially politicians and
Russell D. Hoffman
A Concerned Citizen
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