- June 19, 2011
The Tribune (San Luis Obispo) features report “Spent Nuclear Fuel Pools in the U.S.: Reducing the Deadly Risks of Storage”Visit the publisher's website • See the report
“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 NewsVisit the publisher's website
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 HollandVisit the publisher's website
“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”Visit the publisher's website • See the article
- June 8, 2011
The Washington PostVisit the publisher's website
Analysts have long recommended that spent fuel be removed from pools after several years and placed into dry casks that sit on land. Shifting fuel into dry storage would reduce the amount of radioactivity that could be released during an accident at a pool, said Robert Alvarez, a scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies who studies the issue. Dry casks are more resistant than pools to accidental damage or a terrorist attack.
While Alvarez, a former policy advisor to U.S. energy secretary, said losing pumps for an hour is not a crisis, he said the incident raises larger policy issues.
“Every time one of these things happens, you’ve got to ask yourself when’s a more serious event going to happen?” he said.
- June 6, 2011
The Huffington Post features article “America's Nuclear Spent-Fuel Time Bombs”Visit the publisher's website • See the article
- June 6, 2011
The New York TimesVisit the publisher's website
In the United States, most of the policies involving radiation exposure involve people who are exposed to low levels on the job, like nuclear plant workers. If the United States faced decisions like those now confronting Japanese officials, “there really isn’t any coherent policy,” said Robert Alvarez, a former senior staff member at the Energy Department who works as a consultant for groups worried about nuclear risks.
- June 2, 2011
The Charlotte ObserverVisit the publisher's website
The latest is by the Institute for Policy Studies, described as a left-leaning advocacy group, which says that high concentrations of spent nuclear rods with a life expectancy of hundreds of years pose a growing risk to public safety.
And it ranks North Carolina overall fourth in the nation in accumulated nuclear waste.
- June 1, 2011
The Rome (GA) News-Tribune features report “Spent Nuclear Fuel Pools in the U.S.: Reducing the Deadly Risks of Storage”Visit the publisher's website • See the report
- May 29, 2011
Beyond Nuclear features report “Spent Nuclear Fuel Pools in the U.S.: Reducing the Deadly Risks of Storage”Visit the publisher's website • See the report