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Appetite for Self-Destruction

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By Steve Knopper

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Tag: Nuclear Power

Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Posted on Jun 25, 2011 READ MORE

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Several U.S. Nuke Sites Have Sprung Leaks

With so much focus recently on nuclear power sources in certain other parts of the world, it’s important to note that the U.S. has some considerable issues of its own in that department. Take these results of a yearlong investigation into domestic power plants ...

Posted on Jun 21, 2011 READ MORE

Japan Says No

Posted on Jun 14, 2011 READ MORE

Loss of Force

Posted on May 31, 2011 READ MORE

No Progress

Posted on May 13, 2011 READ MORE

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‘No Need to Worry’ About Nuclear Reactors, Says Japan

Japan says it will not abandon nuclear power in the wake of the quake and tsunami that resulted in the evacuation of more than 200,000 people, thousands of human deaths, an ongoing containment crisis and intensive efforts to fortify vulnerable reactors. Correction: Earlier this report erroneously said more than 200,000 deaths had occurred. We thank the readers who pointed out the mistake. (more)

Posted on May 8, 2011 READ MORE

Nuclear Waste

Posted on Apr 18, 2011 READ MORE

Japan Rocked by 7.1 Quake

This time, fears of another devastating tsunami were thankfully unfounded after another big earthquake—a 7.1 this time—shook Japan late Thursday, but workers at the trouble-plagued Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant didn’t take any chances.

Posted on Apr 7, 2011 READ MORE

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Japan’s Prime Minister Politely Drop-Kicks Nuclear Plant Owner

Lest anyone doubt who is responsible for the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan just discarded the uncritical routine and said plant owner TEPCO’s low standards “invited the current situation.”

Posted on Mar 29, 2011 READ MORE

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China Can’t Wait to Get Back to Nuclear Power

While Japan is busy trying to keep babies from drinking irradiated water, officials in nearby China are getting ready to roll out a reactor they say is more advanced and safer than the one currently poisoning Tokyo’s water supply.

Posted on Mar 23, 2011 READ MORE

Republicans Heart Wall Street

The GOP begins to roll back Wall Street reform, college graduates are snubbing law school, and Washington’s pro-nuke consensus. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Mar 20, 2011 READ MORE

Japan Raises Alert Level at N-Plant

The continuing crisis at the devastated Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has led Japan to raise the alert level there to five on a seven-point scale of atomic hazard severity.

Posted on Mar 18, 2011 READ MORE

Spent Fuel’s Toxic Legacy

The most urgent focus of Japan’s worsening nuclear crisis is the threat from radioactive fuel that has already been used in the Fukushima Daiichi reactors and awaits disposal. In the United States, the nuclear industry has amassed about 70,000 tons of such potentially deadly waste material—and we have nowhere to put it.

Posted on Mar 17, 2011 READ MORE

Fault Line

Posted on Mar 17, 2011 READ MORE

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Europe Hits the Panic Button Over Nuclear Power

The EU’s energy commissioner declared that all of Europe’s 143 nuclear reactors would be reviewed for safety and said of the Japanese crisis, “There is talk of an apocalypse and I think the word is particularly well chosen.” (more)

Posted on Mar 15, 2011 READ MORE

No Such Thing as Risk-Free Nuclear Power

Nuclear power was beginning to look like a panacea—a way to lessen our dependence on oil, make our energy supply more self-sufficient and significantly mitigate global warming, all at the same time. Now it looks more like a bargain with the devil.

Posted on Mar 15, 2011 READ MORE

Nuclear Fear

Posted on Mar 14, 2011 READ MORE

Explosion at Japanese Nuclear Plant

A large explosion has occurred at the Unit 3 reactor at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant. The explosion included a large orange flash, which indicates that it was likely the result of a hydrogen detonation. This explosion follows the partial destruction of the Unit 1 containment building in a previous hydrogen explosion.

Posted on Mar 13, 2011 READ MORE

AP / Hasan Sarbakhshian

Watchdog: Iran May Be Trying to Develop Nuclear-Armed Missile

In a confidential report released Friday, the International Atomic Energy Agency says it has received new information that suggests Iran may be trying to develop a nuclear-armed missile, marking a crucial point in the nuclear negotiations between Iran and the U.N.

Posted on Feb 25, 2011 READ MORE

AP / Hasan Sarbakhshian

Restart It Up

In one of the world’s most troubling on-again-off-again relationships, Iran has announced that it is open to resuming stalled multilateral talks over its nuclear program after irreconcilable differences shut down negotiation channels between Iran and six other nations last year.

Posted on Oct 29, 2010 READ MORE

In the Red

Posted on Feb 17, 2010 READ MORE    

Obama’s Nuclear Option

President Obama’s publicly financed resuscitation of the nuclear power industry in the U.S. is bound to fail, another taxpayer bailout waiting to happen.

Posted on Feb 16, 2010 READ MORE

U.N. Agency: Iran ‘Stonewalling’ Nuclear Inspectors

Iran’s nuclear program is once again raising concerns among members of the United Nations’ International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), who claim in a new report that, despite earlier signs of cooperation this year, Tehran is leaving key questions unanswered about possible plans to ramp up its uranium enrichment capabilities by the end of this summer.

Posted on May 26, 2008 READ MORE

Can Nukes Save the Planet? Not So Fast

You may have seen the bumper stickers: “Another Environmentalist for Nuclear Power.” With oil prices high and the planet cooking, some prominent green voices want us to reconsider nuke plants. Long before Monday’s earthquake in Japan started a nuclear plant fire (causing a radioactive water leak), writer Rebecca Solnit was trying to stop this line of thinking in its tracks, calling it defeatist and naive.

Posted on Jul 16, 2007 READ MORE

Nuke State Charmer

Posted on Mar 7, 2006 READ MORE

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