Two years after Fukushima: a complicated reality

UPDATE: On today’s 2-year anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, a landmark decision occurred here in the U.S. that squelches the so-called nuclear renaissance even further. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Commissioners today upheld last summer’s licensing board denial of a construction/operating license for the proposed Calvert Cliffs-3 nuclear reactor in Maryland. The decision [...]

Japan Continues Struggle with Aftermath from the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

As 2012 draws to a close, evaluating the ongoing effects of the March 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster on the people of Japan is a difficult and depressing task. After having fled their homes due to the tsunami and resulting triple nuclear meltdown, 21 months later an estimated 160,000 citizens still have not returned home. [...]

Floridians Take Action Opposing Nuclear Tax

From the Florida Supreme Court to Bonnie Raitt concerts, Florida’s controversial “nuclear tax” is getting a lot of attention. On October 4th I, along with my SACE colleagues and attorneys, attended the oral arguments for our high-profile challenge of the cost recovery statute before the Florida Supreme Court. The “nuclear tax” refers to bad, anti-consumer [...]

Fukushima Report Conclusion: Man made Disaster

Earlier this month, the Japanese Independent Investigation Commission released its report on the Fukushima nuclear disaster, concluding that collusion between regulators and the industry, including the utility TEPCO, was a primary factor in creating and exacerbating this ongoing crisis. From construction to emergency response, the physical structure of the plant was not strong enough to [...]

Nuclear Accountability in Washington, One Year After Fukushima

For the third consecutive year I participated in the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability’s (ANA) annual DC Days event. I joined scores of concerned citizens from across the country, along with several people from the former Soviet Union (representing Russia, the Ukraine, and Kazakhstan). We spent three days traversing Capitol Hill, educating the Congress on ways [...]

Japan One Year Later: Global Response to Fukushima

SACE’s High Risk Energy Choices program director, Sara Barczak, co-authored this blog. After the Japanese government prematurely declared the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear reactors stable at the end of 2011, much of the media retreated from covering the still volatile situation. But given the commemoration of the one year anniversary of this nuclear accident, the international media [...]

May 19: Japan Nuclear Disaster Update

  Nearly two and a half months after the earthquake and tsunami that rocked Japan, the ongoing nuclear disaster in that country is slowly disappearing from the media. Meanwhile, Tokyo Power and Electric Company (Tepco) is calling in all favors to help pay for this disaster, including tapping the government, private banks and shareholders. The [...]

South Florida Says No to New Nukes, Yes to Solar!

On April 30, SACE joined Citizens Allied for Safe Energy, the Tropical Audubon Society, South Florida Clean Energy Coalition, Save it Now Glades!, Greenpeace, and others in south Florida for a clean energy rally in Biscayne Bay National Park. The timing of the rally was significant in that it was held to commemorate the 25th anniversary date of [...]

Urging Nuclear Accountability in Washington

Last month, I joined theAlliance for Nuclear Accountabilityin Washington, D.C. for their annual DC Days. I was one of nearly a hundred concerned citizens and activists from across the nation that converged in Washington to educate Congress on issues relating to the nuclear industry. It was a timely trip, considering the ongoing disaster occurring at the [...]

25 Years from Chernobyl to Fukushima

–SACE High Risk Energy Program Director Sara Barczak assisted with this post. Today, April 26, marks 25 years since the beginning of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in the former Soviet Union, when reactor Unit 4 exploded and spewed massive amounts of radiation across Europe. Even after a quarter of a century, hundreds of square miles [...]