Nearly two and a half years after the tsunami and earthquake that caused the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in Japan, the situation is far from stable. In late August, the emergency status was increased from a 1 to a 3 on the International Nuclear Emergency Scale, which places it as the highest level “incident” before it [...]
Despite much fanfare about the so-called nuclear “renaissance” over the past several years, not much has actually materialized. In fact, the last couple of weeks have proven particularly challenging to the renaissance myth, as several decisions were made to cancel proposed new reactor projects and shut down existing reactors. Let’s take a look at how [...]
This article, written by Don Safer, was originally published in the Tennessean. Don Safer is board chairman of the Tennessee Environmental Council. It has been two years since the natural and man-made nuclear disaster at Fukushima, Japan. It is a somber time to review the tragic aftermath and take a look at nuclear power in [...]
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 [...]
This blog is one of a series on ways to identify power sources in Google Earth. To use all the features discussed in these blogs, download Google Earth, here.
Nuclear power plants tend to be one of the more iconic and easily recognizable forms of electric power generation. The most easily identifiable portion of a nuclear power plant is usually its cooling towers – not the reactor itself.
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. [...]
This guest post was originally published in the Gainesville Sun on October 29, 2012. Francine Robinson chairs the Committee for Nuclear Responsibility for the Florida League of Conservation Voters. SACE’s high risk energy organizer, Mandy Hancock, attended the Oct. 31 hearing referenced below. This piece has been amended to include links to pertinent information, including media [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
As gasoline prices continue to rise across the country, people are wagging fingers and looking for relief at the pump. Adding insult to injury, analysts are now saying gasoline could hit $5 or $6 per gallon in the near future. The only real solution is to cut back on oil consumption.