Nuclear Power & Radiation

"U.S. Criticized Tokyo's Nuclear Plan"

"The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident exposed flaws in the Japanese government's measures to guard the country's reactors against earthquakes and tsunamis. U.S. officials in recent years also have worried that Japanese officials haven't taken enough precautions to protect the facilities from terrorist attacks, according to diplomatic documents released over the weekend on the WikiLeaks website."

Source: Wall St. Journal, 05/10/2011

"Nuclear Agency Is Criticized as Too Close to Its Industry"

"Corroded cooling water pipes at the Byron nuclear power plant in Illinois could have caused a nuclear catastrophe. The plant, owned by Exelon Corp., is just one example of regulators from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission failing to penalize safety failures."

Source: NY Times, 05/09/2011

Foes Highlight Firms' Foreign Ownership in Bids to Halt Uranium Mining

"Environmentalists trying to halt U.S. uranium projects are emphasizing the foreign ownership of mining companies. A key issue: Companies that mine uranium and other hardrock minerals do not pay royalties to the U.S. government. Several companies that mine or are seeking permits to mine U.S. uranium are based in Canada."

Source: Greenwire, 05/06/2011

"New U.S. Nuclear Reactors Close To Construction -- S&P"

"For the first time in more than 30 years, the construction of new nuclear power plants is under way in the United States despite the ongoing nuclear crisis at Fukushima in Japan." That's according to Standard & Poor's, the profit-driven credit rating agency that painted a rosy picture of Wall St. financial institutions as they were melting down in 2008.

Source: Reuters, 05/05/2011

"Workers Enter Japan's Crippled Reactor Building"

"Workers entered a damaged reactor building at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant on Thursday for the first time since explosions crippled the plant two months ago. The plant's operator, Tokyo Electric Power, said the workers were attempting to install a ventilator to help lower radiation levels inside the reactor building."

Source: NY Times, 05/05/2011


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