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Japan Earthquake: Damaged Japanese Nuclear Power Plants Stoke Nuclear FearsForward by Tim King Salem-News.com
Reactor Reax Top Stories for 11 March.
(WASHINGTON D.C.) - As Japan suffered from the worst earthquake in the country's recent history Thursday afternoon, and a 23-foot tsunami ripped across the island nation carrying every possible thing in its path, attention turned to the country's multiple nuclear power facilities, with no real way of knowing if one of the world's most dramatic and deadly natural disasters, would in turn cause a malfunction within one of the nuclear reactors.
Mainstream news media quickly reported that one nuclear plant had a fire in a building, but that the reactor was not affected, and there was no radioactivity. Many of us questioned how the nuclear problem could be deemed safe so quickly, then of course we reminded ourselves that the western media's style of reporting in a fashion that protects advertiser interest was not lost on the Japanese.
Those of us watching the events unfold overnight, then learned that more than 2,000 people were being evacuated from the vicinity of one of the nuclear plants because of a serious problem.
Growing Pressure Inside Japanese Nuclear Reactor Stokes Fears, ABC News, March 11, 2011. "Growing pressure inside a Japanese nuclear power plant, crippled by today's devastating earthquake, has triggered widespread evacuations and stoked fears of a potentially catastrophic radioactive event."
Nuclear risk 'socialized', nuclear profit 'privatized', report says, Orange County Register, March 8, 2011. "If Uncle Sam and co. had bought power on the open market and given it away free, it would have cost less than subsidizing nuclear power plant construction and operation over the last 50 years, says a new study by the Union of Concerned Scientists."
Poll: To cut deficit, Americans favor cutting energy industry tax breaks, environmental enforcement, Houston Chronicle, March 4, 2011. "Facing a record federal deficit, nearly half of Americans strongly favor eliminating tax subsidies to the oil and gas industry, and a clear majority would curb tax breaks for nuclear power plants, a new poll has found."
Iowa shouldn't overpay for nuclear power that may not even happen, (op-ed by Mark Cooper, senior fellow for economic analysis, Institute for Energy and the Environment, Vermont Law School), Des Moines Register, march 8, 2011. "Why would anyone pay a $150 for something that costs $100? They wouldn't if they had a choice, and that's the problem with new nuclear reactors. Wall Street knows that new reactors cost too much and won't fund them. But MidAmerican Energy wants to build them, so the company is looking to the Iowa ratepayer to play the fool."
Calvert Cliffs 3 makes no economic sense, (op-ed by Ellen Vancko, manager, Nuclear Energy and Climate Change Project, Union of Concerned Scientists), Baltimore Sun, March 9, 2011. "Gov. Martin O'Malley should reject Electricité de France's (EDF) proposal to force Maryland residents to underwrite construction of a third nuclear reactor at Calvert Cliffs in Southern Maryland. Why? Because it makes no economic sense."
Chernobyl 25 years later: Many lessons learned, (op-ed by Mikhail Gorbachev, former president of the Soviet Union and founding president of Green Cross International), Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, March 1, 2011. "The catastrophic accident in 1986 at the Chernobyl nuclear power station in Ukraine was one of the worst man-made disasters of the twentieth century. Two and a half decades later, the nuclear accident offers many lessons for preventing, managing, and recovering from such a horrible event, as well as specific lessons for the further development of nuclear power."
Peter Bradford on CWIP Nuclear Financing, Missouri Coalition, March 4, 2011. "As someone who spent years on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, I am struck by the implausibility of the argument that Cameron and his proponents are making to the effect that we have to pass this legislation in order to keep the nuclear option open in Missouri."
Inspector Faults Energy Department Over Loan Program, New York Times, March 7, 2011. "Poor record-keeping by the Energy Department has made it difficult for managers to document how decisions were reached in its $71 billion loan guarantee program, the department's inspector general said in an audit released on Monday."
Walkie Talkie Shuts Nuke Plant Safety System, Industrial Safety and Security Source, March 9, 2011. "In two bursts of conversation lasting 8 seconds and 19 seconds during a two-minute period, the technician rendered the plant's entire emergency shutdown system inoperable, the company told federal regulators."
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