• Inspections have shown that there was NOT a graphite fire: damage to graphite, caused by severely overheated fuel assemblies, was localised.The NuSAC report added,
Some members of NuSAC may be aware that recent attempts to burn GLEEP graphite (block form) in a high temperature incinerator succeeded only in making it hot.The findings also stated,
There is evidence in the literature that under certain extreme conditions reactor graphite dust can be made to explode. The Pile 1 project has completed research atIt would appear then the NuSAC's findings are completely in support of the General Atomics position that Nuclear Graphite does not burn.
ANNEX A Leeds University which has concluded that although the conditions can be recreated in the laboratory they will not exist in the reactor and the dust explosion hazard can be discounted. As an added precaution the production of fine dusts during dismantling operations will be closely controlled.
Given these facts the assertion that there was a core graphite fire at Chernobyl ought also to be revisited.