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Nuclear Safety

Nuclear Safety and the Iran Framework Debate

Philip Seib | Posted 06.20.2015 | World
Philip Seib

Given the intense focus on Iran's intentions, it is logical that arms control issues dominate discussions about nuclear power in the Middle East. But receiving far too little attention are questions about nuclear safety. The lessons of Chernobyl and Fukushima must be kept in mind regardless of how new nuclear capabilities are employed.

Fukushima's Unsung Heroes and Implications of the New Seminal Report by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences for the Future of (Japan's) Nuclear Power Industry

Najmedin Meshkati | Posted 11.12.2014 | World
Najmedin Meshkati

Without respecting and understanding the vital role of human factors in technological systems and proactively addressing/cultivating/facilitating their performance during unexpected events, nuclear safety will only be a distant mirage and recovery will be an unattainable dream.

Fukushima: What Have We Learned?

Bob Burnett | Posted 05.14.2014 | Green
Bob Burnett

On March 11, 2011, Japan experienced a 9.0 earthquake. The six nuclear plants at Fukushima Daiichi survived the quake but were swamped by a 45-foot wave that overwhelmed the 19-foot seawalls. In the ensuing three years, we learned four grim truths.

NRC Probes Indian Point Security Lapses

Roger Witherspoon | Posted 02.02.2014 | Green
Roger Witherspoon

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is investigating possibly major lapses in security at the Indian Point nuclear power plants, including the prospect that criminal elements are using parts of the plants' drills for their own training.

Experts Call For More Nuclear To Slow Climate Change

AP | KEVIN BEGOS | Posted 11.04.2013 | Green

PITTSBURGH -- PITTSBURGH (AP) — Some of the world's top climate scientists say wind and solar energy won't be enough to head off extreme global warm...

Nuclear Missile Unit Fails Key Security Test

AP | ROBERT BURNS | Posted 10.13.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — An Air Force unit that operates one-third of the nation's land-based nuclear missiles has failed a safety and security inspection, ...

Greenpeace Activists Occupy French Nuclear Plant

AP | Posted 09.13.2013 | Green

PARIS — Greenpeace activists occupied a French nuclear power plant site before dawn Monday – a media stunt deeply embarrassing to the gove...

Tom Zeller Jr.

Engineers Seek Investigation Of Nuclear Power Threats

HuffingtonPost.com | Tom Zeller Jr. | Posted 12.20.2012 | Green

In a letter sent Wednesday, a pair of nuclear engineers -- one of them an employee at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- implored outgoing Sen...

Tom Zeller Jr.

Nuclear Power Whistleblowers Sound Alarm On Secrecy Among Feds

HuffingtonPost.com | Tom Zeller Jr. | Posted 03.29.2013 | Green

Richard H. Perkins and Larry Criscione are precise and formal men with more than 20 years of combined government and military service. Perkins held po...

Tom Zeller Jr.

Leaked Report Suggests Long-Known Flood Threat To Nuke Plants

HuffingtonPost.com | Tom Zeller Jr. | Posted 10.20.2012 | Green

An un-redacted version of a recently released Nuclear Regulatory Commission report highlights the threat that flooding poses to nuclear power plants l...

'We Must Not Relax Our Guard'

Reuters | Posted 10.27.2012 | Green

* Fukushima was worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl * Safety has improved but much to be done-U.N. nuclear chief * IA...

U.N. Atomic Agency Reports 'Significant' Nuclear Safety Progress

Reuters | Posted 10.15.2012 | Green

* IAEA states adopted nuclear safety plan despite divisions * U.N. agency sees "significant progress" in implementation ...

If You Lived Downwind From This Power Plant, Would You Be Concerned?

Rep. Dennis Kucinich | Posted 09.16.2012 | Green
Rep. Dennis Kucinich

Davis-Besse, a nuclear power plant just 30 miles from downtown Toledo, does not provide the same margin of safety that it did when it was built 34 years ago. Will we allow the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to simply lower its standards?

Los Alamos Underestimates Radiation Leak Risk

Mia Steinle | Posted 09.10.2012 | Green
Mia Steinle

One of the nation's main nuclear weapons labs has sharply underestimated the amount of radiation that could leak from the facility as a result of an earthquake, raising questions about the safety and reliability of Los Alamos.

San Onofre: We Can't Ignore the Warning Signs

Erich Pica | Posted 07.17.2012 | Green
Erich Pica

San Onofre's reactors have already released radioactive steam and are literally shaking themselves apart. Instead of keeping the reactors shut down, Southern Edison is rushing to restart the reactors and running them as hard as possible.

Tom Zeller Jr.

Debate Heats Up Over Radiation Filters For Nuke Plants

HuffingtonPost.com | Tom Zeller Jr. | Posted 05.16.2012 | Green

In a letter sent Tuesday to Gregory B. Jaczko, chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, representatives of the nuclear power industry argued tha...

It's Worse Than We Thought

AP | MICHAEL R. BLOOD | Posted 05.09.2012 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES -- More than 1,300 tubes that carry radioactive water inside the San Onofre nuclear plant in Southern California are so damaged that they ...

Tom Zeller Jr.

Nuclear Safety Advocates Accuse Industry And Regulators Of Foot-Dragging On Basic Safety Measure

HuffingtonPost.com | Tom Zeller Jr. | Posted 04.30.2012 | Green

From her home, Mary Lampert, 70, has a clear view of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station, which sits just across the Duxbury and Plymouth Bays in coasta...

RESTART THE REACTORS: Japan Sets New Guidelines For Nuclear Power Plants

AP | MARI YAMAGUCHI | Posted 06.06.2012 | World

TOKYO — Japan announced new guidelines Friday for how its nuclear power plants try to prevent disasters like last year's meltdowns, as the gover...

Aging Nuclear Reactors: Are We Doing Enough to Ensure Safety?

Joe Rubin | Posted 05.09.2012 | Green
Joe Rubin

While reporting on the Diablo Canyon story, one of the most surprising things that I learned was how the NRC oversaw the relicensing of aging nuclear power plants.

Chris Kirkham

After Nuclear Disaster In Japan, U.S. Slow To Update Plant Safety At Home

HuffingtonPost.com | Chris Kirkham | Posted 03.08.2012 | Green

In the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan last March, with the world captivated by the worst nuclear disaster in a generation, U.S. regu...

The Fukushima Accident's Legacy One Year Later

Bill Chameides | Posted 05.06.2012 | Green
Bill Chameides

There's a world of difference between safety, acceptable risk, and too much risk. Nuclear power plants lie somewhere between the second and the third. Anyone who tells you they're unqualifyingly safe is blowing smoke. Hopefully it won't be radioactive.

Reminders of the Risks of Nuclear Power Come From Past/Present, Near/Far

Patrick Geans-Ali | Posted 05.01.2012 | Detroit
Patrick Geans-Ali

As we come up on the one-year anniversary of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear disaster in Japan, we should also keep in mind reminders about the potentially grave risks inherent to nuclear facilities closer to home.

States Should Maintain Role in Nuclear Oversight

Madeleine M. Kunin | Posted 03.25.2012 | Politics
Madeleine M. Kunin

Governors have the responsibility to protect the safety of their citizens. If the plant accidentally releases radiation, the governor takes immediate action, ordering an evacuation, issuing iodine pills. But the governor had no power to prevent an accident in the first place.

All Shook Up on the East Coast

Bill Chameides | Posted 10.25.2011 | Green
Bill Chameides

We just had an East Coast quake of 5.8 and these plants are designed to withstand quakes of a mere few tenths magnitude larger. Is that a safe margin?