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...

Known Exposure

In 1980, Jack Willis and IPS scholar and filmmaker Saul Landau produced the Emmy award-winning documentary, Paul Jacobs and the Nuclear Gang. This powerful film tells the stories of everyday civilians and servicemen who were deliberately exposed to ultimately lethal...
America’s Nuclear Spent-Fuel Time Bombs

America’s Nuclear Spent-Fuel Time Bombs

Now that many Americans have stopped paying attention to Japan’s nuclear catastrophe, shocking new details about its severity are finally coming to light. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission recently revealed that the cores of three of the Fukushima Dai-Ichi...
Fukushima, USA

Fukushima, USA

Promoters say To have no fear; We know it couldn’t Happen here. Just to be sure we’re all on the same page, here are a few things we ought to acknowledge right off the bat about nuclear power: It’s the most costly form of electricity. It’s also...

Robert Alvarez on Chernobyl, Fukushima and the U.S. Nuclear Complex

On Tuesday April 26, 2011, Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) held a joint press conference with Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Massachusetts) and the Institute for Policy Studies’ Robert Alvarez on the ongoing impact of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster to...

Same Old from the Nuclear Gang after Fukushima

The nuclear industry has promised the world cheap, safe, and clean energy for over 60 years. As the Japanese government continues to extend its nuclear evacuation zone around the Daiichi nuclear complex in Fukushima, the pushers of nuclear power–including...