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Fukushima Current Status: “cold shutdown” is cold comfort — remaining problems are “immense”

I’m back from my hiatus due to an emergency at home.  Today TEPCO announces that a status called “cold shutdown” has been achieved at the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear electrical-generating station complex I have blogged so much about in the past. Well, … Continue reading

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New Report out on Financial Risks of New Nuclear Power Plants

New Report out on Financial Risks of New Nuclear Power Plants.

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“Nuclear Oversight Lacking Worldwide” – the problem of “coziness” / video & transcript from Fairewinds Associates, Inc.

http://fairewinds.com/content/nuclear-oversight-lacking-worldwide This update from Fairewinds features a concise ( ~ 10 minute) video with some reports and stories over the years showing that although the US has repeatedly admitted and resolved to deal with it, it still hasn’t solved the … Continue reading

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What’s still hanging around Los Alamos & what we should learn from it

What’s still hanging around Los Alamos & what we should learn from it.

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What’s still hanging around Los Alamos & what we should learn from it

There’s an excellent article (from AP) about the detritus in New Mexico from early bomb production there that still presents hazards; here’s the link at Forbes (it’s also on Huffpost, SFGate, and many others): “Los Alamos under renewed environmental scrutiny”: … Continue reading

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Thorium Reactors – a practical step forward after decades of being thrwarted?

I listened to Kirk Sorenson’s TED talk on thorium-fueled molten salt reactors and was pretty intrigued, even impressed. I prefer ingenious use of solar such as integrating electricity-generating solar cells into buildings, clothing, backpacks, furniture, and so on       … Continue reading

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On building and interpreting physical models: the NRC now has to face what went wrong in modeling the AP1000 nuclear reactor design (UPDATED on September 24th, 2011)

On building and interpreting physical models: the NRC now has to face what went wrong in modeling the AP1000 nuclear reactor design (UPDATED on September 24th, 2011). I’ve updated this post, replacing the last paragraph with the following: UPDATE September … Continue reading

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