Category Archives: Safety

Japan to Restart Nuclear Plants with Tougher Safety Guidelines

NY Times, February 28, 2013. Martin Frackler, Hiroko Tabuchi, and Matthew L. Wald. EXCERPT: All of Japan’s 50 operable nuclear reactors were shut down following the March 2011 triple meltdown, which spewed radiation across northern Japan after a huge earthquake … Continue reading

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Tribe to get hearing on Prairie Island nuclear waste concerns

From Star Tribune, December 27, 2012: Minneapolis-based Xcel, the state’s largest utility, stores spent fuel rods in 29 casks next to its power plant. Up to 64 casks ultimately may be needed. The casks likely will remain in Minnesota for … Continue reading

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Barry Commoner–Scientist and Planet Earth’s Lifeguard–Dies at 95.

From the New York Times, October 1, 2012, article by Daniel Lewis. Barry Commoner, a founder of modern ecology and one of its most provocative thinkers and mobilizers in making environmentalism a people’s political cause, died on Sunday in Manhattan. … Continue reading

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Mutant butterflies a result of Fukushima nuclear disaster

From CNN, August 14, 2012: In the first sign that the Fukushima nuclear disaster may be changing life around it, scientists say they’ve found mutant butterflies. Some of the butterflies had abnormalities in their legs, antennae, and abdomens, and dents in … Continue reading

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The Story of A Man Who Survived Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Podcast, Radiolab, July 16, 2012. In early August of 1945, Tsutomu Yamaguchi had a run of the worst luck imaginable. A double blast of radiation left his future, and the future of his descendants, in doubt. In this short: an … Continue reading

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Fukushima Workers Made to Falsify Radiation Exposure — Covered Dosimeters with Lead Plates

From the Boston Globe, article by Mari Yamaguchi, July 23, 2012. Japanese authorities are investigating subcontractors on suspicion that they forced workers at the tsunami-hit nuclear plant to underreport the amount of radiation they were exposed to so they could stay … Continue reading

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Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Factory: Backyard Now A Public Park, High Levels of Plutonium Contamination

From WBUR’s Fresh Air, June 12, 2012. Kristen Iversen spent her childhood in Colorado close to the Rocky Flats nuclear weapons factory, playing in fields and swimming in lakes and streams that it now appears were contaminated with plutonium. Later, … Continue reading

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