Nuclear Power & Radiation

"White House Is Urged to Help States With Nuclear Plants Stockpile Thyroid Drug"

"After the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Congress passed a law instructing the federal government to help states build bigger stocks of a simple, cheap drug to protect people near nuclear power plants in the event of an accident or terrorist attack."

Source: NYTimes, 12/08/2009

"As Nuclear Reactor Fleet Ages, Engineers Ask,' Is 80 the New 40?'"

"Could nuclear power plants last as long as the Hoover Dam? Increasingly dependable and emitting few greenhouse gases, the U.S. fleet of nuclear power plants will likely run for another 50 or even 70 years before it is retired -- long past the 40-year life span planned decades ago -- according to industry executives, regulators and scientists."

Source: Greenwire, 11/23/2009

"Nuclear 'Renaissance' Held Up by Fight Between DOE and OMB"

"The awards of $18.5 billion in federal loan guarantees for new nuclear plant projects remain held up by an ongoing dispute within the Obama administration over the financial risk the new reactors pose for the government and taxpayers, according to industry and government officials."

Source: ClimateWire, 11/17/2009

At Los Alamos, Secrecy Is the Opposite of Safety

The U.S. Department of Energy scrambles to delay a report by the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board about a significant threat of radiation release from Los Alamos National Laboratory, a citizen watchdog group discovered.

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