A government audit showed Japanese authorities have used funds intended for reconstruction after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami on unrelated projects. Those paid for out of the $150 billion relief package include roads in Okinawa, advertisements for Japan’s tallest building and whaling research.
A Japanese parliamentary inquiry concluded that last year’s disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was “a profoundly man-made disaster that could and should have been foreseen and prevented.” Former nuclear industry executive Arnie Gundersen talks about the significance of the report for U.S. nuclear facilities.
German lawmakers voted to shut down all 17 of the country’s nuclear reactors over the next 11 years and pursue a renewable energy portfolio that would account for one-third of its energy resources. (more)
In the midst of a strong international reaction to the disaster at Japan’s crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, the broad, historical and unquestioning acceptance of atomic power in the only nation to have been attacked by nuclear weapons is eerie. (more)
Forget the international panic caused by Japan’s damaged and still-dangerous Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Officials of the Tennessee Valley Authority, a federally owned electric utility corporation, have signaled their intent to build six “mini” nuclear reactors on a vacant riverside lot in eastern Tennessee. (more)