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The Hypersonic Arms Race Is Going Nuclear -- Take Note

Yousaf Butt | Posted 12.03.2016 | Home
Yousaf Butt

A new type of high-speed arms race is heating up between the U.S., Russia and China -- and it's threatening to go nuclear. Washington had always intended the new "hypersonic boost-glide" weapons to remain purely conventional, but Russia and China seem to be pursuing nuclear variants. If the hypersonic arms race heads in a nuclear direction, Washington may be pressured to follow.

Obama Announces Nuclear 'Breakthrough' With India

Reuters | Posted 03.27.2015 | Politics

(Recasts with joint news conference) By Sanjeev Miglani and Douglas Busvine NEW DELHI, Jan 25 (Reuters) - In a glow of b...

U.S. To Finalize Loan Guarantees For First New Nuclear Reactors In 3 Decades

Reuters | Posted 04.21.2014 | Green

By Ayesha Rascoe WASHINGTON, Feb 19 (Reuters) - The Obama administration will finalize about $6.5 billion in loan guarantees this week...

The Rust-Bucket Reactors Start to Fall

Harvey Wasserman | Posted 12.29.2012 | Green
Harvey Wasserman

The U.S. fleet of 104 deteriorating atomic reactors is starting to fall. The much-hyped "nuclear renaissance" is now definitively headed in reverse.

Beyond Nuclear Denial

William Hartung | Posted 09.08.2012 | Home
William Hartung

Now, on a planet still overstocked with city-busting, world-ending weaponry, in which almost 67 years have passed since a nuclear weapon was last used, the only nuke that Americans regularly hear about is one that doesn't exist: Iran's.

New Nuclear Construction Will Help Secure U.S. Energy Technology Leadership

J. Scott Peterson | Posted 04.22.2012 | Green
J. Scott Peterson

The Energy Department, which is 15 years in arrears of meeting contractual obligations to take used uranium fuel rods from commercial reactors, now will make recommendations to Congress to revamp the program. This is a political problem however, not a technical challenge.

U.S. Regulators Privately Doubted Nuke Plants Despite Expressing Public Confidence

Posted 06.06.2011 | Green

BOSTON (By Scott Malone) – U.S. regulators privately have expressed doubts that some of the nation's nuclear power plants are prepared for a Fukushi...

Only 2 U.S. Nuke Sites Are In Compliance With Fire Regulations

The Atlantic | Posted 06.01.2011 | Green

Only two U.S. nuclear sites are in compliance with federal fire regulations. How confident can we be that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has things...

$24 Billion Remains Untouched In U.S. Nuclear Waste Fund

Posted 05.30.2011 | Green

From ProPublica's Joaquin Sapien: While the nuclear crisis in Japan has focused attention on the risks of spent fuel piling up at the U.S.'s reacto...

Missing in the Japan Catastrophe -- Thinking the Unthinkable

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Tom Engelhardt

While each morning's screaming headlines contain terrible words -- "dire," "catastrophic," "ever worsening" -- you can feel the urge not to tumble into the irradiated zone of the nuclear imagination.

Safeguarding Spent Fuel Pools in the United States

Robert Alvarez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Robert Alvarez

A drained spent fuel pool in the U.S. could lead to a catastrophic fire that would result in long-term land contamination substantially worse than what the Chernobyl accident unleashed.

13 Most Problematic U.S. Nuclear Plants Of 2010

The Huffington Post | Travis Donovan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

The crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant following the tragic earthquake and ensuing tsunami in Japan has turned the public conversatio...

Chris Kirkham

At California Nuclear Plant, Earthquake Response Plan Not Required | Chris Kirkham | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

As the world's attention remains focused on the nuclear calamity unfolding in Japan, American nuclear regulators and industry lobbyists have been offe...

Do We Really Need to Blow up the Planet Five Times Over?

Eric Margolis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eric Margolis

"Peace president" Obama has the chance to get rid of America's largely useless nukes, or at least reduce them to a dozen or so strategic missiles. Doing so would rank him among the great modern American leaders.

Jet Crashes into Nuke Reactors to be Addressed Tomorrow but not Today

Harvey Wasserman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harvey Wasserman

As you read this, jets hitting the nuclear reactors licensed to operate right now could kill untold thousands of us and render entire regions of our nation permanently uninhabitable.