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Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer was the first American journalist to enter the surviving power plant in the former Soviet Union On the 30th anniversary of the nuclear disaster, he recounts his experience in a Los Angeles Times column first published on April 9, 1987 Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer was the first American journalist to enter the surviving power plant in the former Soviet Union.

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Drum roll, please. After 36 years in the making and with great help from Russia in its construction, Iran held a ceremony Saturday to mark the opening of the country's first nuclear power plant. The event marked the beginning of the transfer of uranium fuel rods into the plant, which aims to start producing electricity later this year.

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