Improving Spent-Fuel Storage at Nuclear Reactors

Improving Spent-Fuel Storage at Nuclear Reactors

This article originally appeared on the Winter 2012 issues of Issues in Science and Technology, the magazine of the National Academy of Sciences. Introduction: The nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan, which began with an earthquake in March 2011 and continues today,...

Quake Should be a Wake-up Call

The Virginia earthquake cleaved a four-foot crack near the top of the Washington Monument some 80 miles away, exposed shortcomings in our first responders’ abilities to communicate during emergencies, and rattled office workers in a Detroit skyscraper. But it...
Fukushima Aftermath: New U.S. Senate Proposal For Spent Fuel Storage

Fukushima Aftermath: New U.S. Senate Proposal For Spent Fuel Storage

The effects of radiation released from the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant continue to be felt, as the U.S. Congress is readying proposals to deal with the storage of spent nuclear fuel in this side of the world. Back in March, when news broke that the Fukushima...

Fixing America’s Nuclear Waste Storage Problem

In March 1992 George Galatis, a nuclear engineer at the Millstone nuclear power station in Waterford, Connecticut, became alarmed during a refueling. The reactor had to be shut down and the full radioactive core of the Unit 1 reactor, which held thousands of rods, was...

Democracy Now!: Nuclear Dangers in Fukushima and the U.S.

Almost three months after the earthquake and tsunami that triggered a nuclear disaster in Japan, new radiation “hot spots” may require the evacuation of more areas further from the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power facility. Japan’s Nuclear and...

Politics Has Always Outranked Science at Yucca Mountain

The June 8 editorial “Radioactive politics,” about the long-running battle over what to do with America’s nuclear waste, concluded that it was politics, not science, that prompted President Obama to cancel the proposed national disposal site for...