In the cargo-container communities of Japan’s disaster areas, one finds echoes of post-Katrina New Orleans.
NPR shouldn’t trivialize the risk of radioactive tuna from the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
Japanese Parliamentarian Kuniko Tanioka briefs press and NGOs on Fukushima nuclear station, worsening situation, and what has gone underreported from Japan
Japanese Parliamentarian Ms. Kuniko Tanioka is one of the few Japanese politicians willing to speak out publicly and critically on the Fukushima nuclear meltdowns and her government’s response to it. She is joined by Robert Alvarez, IPS senior scholar, in a briefing on Fukushima to occur May 10.
The radioactive inventory of all the irradiated nuclear fuel stored in spent fuel pools at Fukushima is far greater and even more problematic than the molten cores.
Storing spent radioactive fuel in dry form rather than in increasingly jammed cooling pools is much safer, and can be done with already available funds.
The United States is awaiting its own nuclear catastrophe before changing course.
President Obama’s Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future cites an IPS paper as a reason for endorsing measures to increase spent reactor fuel storage in hardened, dry containers.
Let’s hope that, unlike with Hiroshima and Nagasaki survivors, bias against Fukushima refugees will be kept to a minimum.
Will bipartisan collaboration in nuclear storage be possible? The damage of Fukushima should prompt the Senate to act.
Lady Gaga recently went to Japan to help out the victims of the earthquake. But did she send out all the right messages?
The price of fixing America’s nuclear vulnerabilities may be high, but the price of doing too little is incalculable.
It seems to be deja vu with Tepco and Fukushima — like Bill Murray in “Groundhog Day.”
Not only has Tepco failed to turn the corner on wrestling Fukushima into submission, no insurance company will reimburse it for the costs.
As with methyl-mercury a half century ago, Japan is once again threatened by a new persistent toxin accumulating in its food and water.
Fukushima has revealed a weak spot in nuclear reactors to terrorists.