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  • August 23, 2011

    The Los Angeles Times

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    “When you have a malfunctioning backup generator, it’s something you need to be concerned about," said Robert Alvarez, a senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies and a former assistant Energy secretary during the Clinton administration.  “It’s something that isn’t necessarily going to lead to any serious problem, but those kinds of things should not be happening.” 

    The North Anna plant has accumulated one of the largest concentrations of radioactivity in the U.S., Alvarez said, and the plant’s spent fuel pools contain “four to five times more than their original designs intended.”

  • July 19, 2011

    Project On Government Oversight

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  • July 14, 2011

    Minneapolis Star Tribune

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    But Robert Alvarez, a former senior adviser to the energy secretary and an expert on nuclear power, points out that unlike fuel pools, dry casks survived the tsunami at Fukushima unscathed. "They don't get much attention because they didn't fail," he said. Moving all the nation's fuel once it has cooled in pools for at least five years could cost $7 billion, Alvarez said.

  • July 7, 2011

    Greenpeace International Blog

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    “Power companies don’t want to pay for it,” says Robert Alvarez, former senior policy adviser at the US Energy Department.

  • July 5, 2011

    The New York Times

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    But Robert Alvarez, a former senior adviser to the secretary of energy and expert on nuclear power, points out that unlike the fuel pools, dry casks survived the tsunami at Fukushima unscathed. “They don’t get much attention because they didn’t fail,” he said.


    Mr. Alvarez contended that this precaution was not enough to prevent an accident. “A single reactor has five to 10 times more radioactive material in the pool than was released in the Chernobyl accident” in 1986, he said in a telephone news conference on the fuel pools in May.

  • July 2, 2011

    Seattle Times

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    "We need to step back and take a serious look at the advisability of extending the license on this reactor — and others like it — until these concerns are addressed," said Robert Alvarez, a former top Energy Department official and nuclear-policy analyst for the progressive Institute for Policy Studies.

  • June 19, 2011

    The Tribune (San Luis Obispo) features report “Spent Nuclear Fuel Pools in the U.S.: Reducing the Deadly Risks of Storage”

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    “In protecting America from nuclear catastrophe, safely securing the spent fuel by eliminating highly radioactive, crowded pools should be a public safety priority of the highest degree,” wrote Robert Alvarez in May in a report for the Institute for Policy Studies, a liberal Washington, D.C., think tank.

  • June 16, 2011

    National Geographic News

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    The report’s lead author, Robert Alvarez, said, “The largest concentrations of radioactivity on the planet will remain in storage at U.S. reactor sites for the indefinite future.”

  • June 11, 2011

    WHTC Holland

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    “What they failed to mention is that they discharged an equally large amount into the ocean,” says our guest Robert Alvarez, former senior policy adviser to the U.S. Secretary of Energy. “As [the radiation] goes up the food chain, it accumulates. By the time it reaches people who consume this food, the levels are higher than they originally were when they entered the environment.” Alvarez also discusses his new report on the vulnerabilities and hazards of stored spent fuel at U.S. reactors in the United States.

  • June 9, 2011

    The (Los Angeles, CA) Bell Gardens Sun features article “America's Nuclear Spent-Fuel Time Bombs”

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