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  • June 8, 2011

    The Washington Post

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    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”

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  • June 6, 2011

    The New York Times

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    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 Observer

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    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”

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  • May 29, 2011

    Beyond Nuclear features report “Spent Nuclear Fuel Pools in the U.S.: Reducing the Deadly Risks of Storage”

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  • May 29, 2011

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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    "This problem is no longer an abstract issue, especially if you look at the visual evidence of what has happened at Fukushima Daiichi in recent months," said Robert Alvarez, a senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies, a liberal think tank based in Washington.

    Alvarez, a former Department of Energy policy adviser to President Bill Clinton, has led a push to change spent fuel storage. He authored a 2003 report that outlined the danger posed by the pools as targets of terrorist attacks. His new study published this month makes many of the same points.

  • May 27, 2011

    AllGov features report “Spent Nuclear Fuel Pools in the U.S.: Reducing the Deadly Risks of Storage”

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    “Spent fuel storage pools are often housed in buildings no more secure than a car dealership,” according to an IPS report. “Instead, these fuel rods should be safely stored in dry, hardened, and sealed storage casks.”

  • May 26, 2011

    vtdigger.com features report “Spent Nuclear Fuel Pools in the U.S.: Reducing the Deadly Risks of Storage”

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    Alvarez wrote:

    As in Japan, all spent fuel pools at nuclear power plants do not have steel-lined, concrete barriers that cover reactor vessels to prevent the escape of radioactivity. They are not required to have back-up generators to keep used fuel rods cool, if offsite power is lost. The 69 Pressurized Water (PWR) reactors operating in the U.S. do not have elevated pools, and also lack proper containment, and several have large cavities beneath them which could exacerbate leakage.

  • May 26, 2011

    OpEdNews.com features report “Spent Nuclear Fuel Pools in the U.S.: Reducing the Deadly Risks of Storage”

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