Previous Nuclear News

Trump’s Nuclear Arsenal 10-26-17

The United States nuclear arsenal consists of 4,000 warheads, plus more than 2,000 warheads awaiting dismantlement. This number came into focus recently after a report that President Trump said in July that he wanted a huge increase in the country’s nuclear capability.

Read more at The New York Times

Billions lost in nuclear power projects, with more bills due 08-05-17

Expanding nuclear energy capacity was a sure bet, they said: Natural gas prices were rising, energy needs skyrocketing, and the federal government was poised to cripple carbon-emitting fossil fuel plants. With a dozen or more nuclear power projects being developed around the nation, cost savings could be found through simultaneous construction. Read more at AP News

Troops Who Cleaned Up Radioactive Islands Can’t Get Medical Care 01-28-17

Tim Snider arrived on Enewetak Atoll in the middle of the Pacific Ocean to clean up the fallout from dozens of nuclear tests on the ring of coral islands. Today Mr. Snider has tumors on his ribs, spine and skull — which he thinks resulted from his work on the crew, in the largest nuclear cleanup ever undertaken by the United States military. Read more on The New York Times

Shut ’em Down 01-10-17

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced on Monday that the state will close the facility, a short drive north of New York City, by April 2021. Read more on Grist

Trump’s Call for a New Nuclear Arms Race: ‘Absolutely Frightening’ 12-24-16

President-elect Donald Trump raised the prospect of a new global arms race on Thursday, after he suggested on Twitter he would increase the size of the U.S. nuclear arsenal. Read more on EcoWatch

A Massive Sinkhole Just Dumped Radioactive Waste Into Florida Water 9-21-16

The cause? A fertilizer company deep in the heart of phosphate country.

About 30 minutes east of Tampa Bay, a 45-foot-wide sinkhole opened in late August, depositing at least 215 million gallons of polluted, slightly radioactive water into a vast underground aquifer. Read more on Mother Jones

New Study Casts Doubt on the Future of Nuclear Power 8-23-16

While it’s been touted by some energy experts as a so-called “bridge” to help slash carbon emissions, a new study suggests that a commitment to nuclear power may in fact be a path towards climate failure. Read more on EcoWatch

$7.6 billion ‘clean energy’ bailout for New York nuclear plants 8-3-16

New York has approved a massive $7.6 billion subsidy to keep four aging upstate plants open on the false promise that they provide ‘clean and renewable energy’, writes Karl Grossman. Campaigners for genuine clean energy fear that other pro-nuclear states may follow NY Governor Cuomo’s dubious lead. Read more on Ecologist

Rocky Flats: A Wildlife Refuge Confronts Its Radioactive Past 8-16-16

The Rocky Flats Plant outside Denver was a key U.S. nuclear facility during the Cold War. Now, following a $7 billion cleanup, the government is preparing to open a wildlife refuge on the site to the public, amid warnings from some scientists that residual plutonium may still pose serious health risks. Read more on Yale Environment 360

New film about Indian Point nuclear power plant provides insights about regulating the nuclear industry 7-17-16

“Indian Point” is a film about the long problem-plagued Indian Point nuclear power plants that are “so, so risky—so close to New York City,” notes its director and producer Ivy Meeropol. “Times Square is 35 miles away.” Read more on Enformable

Hanford union blackballed for insisting on safety 7-7-16

At the most contaminated worksite in America – the Hanford Nuclear Reservation near Richland – observers could assume workers don every necessary protective device, including breathing masks similar to what firefighters use. Read more on NBC King 5 Western Washington

5 More U.S. Nukes to Close, Will Diablo Canyon Be Next? 6-17-16

A rising tsunami of U.S. nuke shut-downs may soon include California’s infamous Diablo Canyon double reactors. But it depends on citizen action, including a statewide petition. Read more on EcoWatch

Fukushima’s 4th Anniversary Brings Hope Amidst Radioactive Ruins as Renewable Energy Revolution Soars 3-11-15

The catastrophe that began at Fukushima four years ago today is worse than ever. But the good news can ultimately transcend the bad-if we make it so. An angry grassroots movement has kept shut all 54 reactors that once operated in Japan. It’s the largest on-going nuke closure in history. Big industrial windmills installed off the Fukushima coast are now thriving …Full article

Fukushima 4 Years On 2-1-15

On March 11, 2011, a magnitude 9 earthquake struck off the Pacific coast of Japan. Twenty minutes later, the first in a series of tsunami waves inundated a 1,200 mile swath of Japan’s northeastern coast, creating a humanitarian and material disaster. At the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear site, the initial earthquake toppled the offsite electrical grid system knocking out the supply of offsite AC power to the reactor. This set in motion what we now know as “Fukushima;” like Chernobyl, no longer a place name but synonymous with disaster …Full article

Storage of High-Level Radioactive Waste Still Has No Solution 1-25-15

It is the latest setback for the nuclear industry that claims nuclear power is the low-carbon answer to climate change, but has not yet found a safe resting place for radioactive rubbish it creates when nuclear fuel and machinery reaches the end of its life.

This extraordinary legacy of dangerous radioactive waste is present in every country that has adopted nuclear power as a form of electricity production, as well as those with nuclear weapons. No country has yet solve the problem of how to deal with the waste that remains dangerous for thousands of years …full article

Exiled by Nuclear Tests, Now Threatened by Climate Change, Bikini Islanders Seek Refuge in U.S. 10-28-15

This U.S. Navy handout shows Baker, the second of the two atomic bomb tests, in which a 63-kiloton warhead was exploded 90 feet under water as part of Operation Crossroads, conducted at Bikini Atoll in July 1946 to measure nuclear weapon effects on warships. (U.S. Nave/Handout via Reuters) …Full article

Fusushima Today: A First-person Account From the Field and the Conference Table 8-26-15

It has been more than four years since the east coast of Japan was hit wtih a Magnitude 9 earthquake, followed by a massive tsunami and then the meltdown of 3 nuclear reactors. Design mistakes, a poor safety culture, and human error exacerbated the situation …Full article

“Cactus Dome” – Global Warming Causing Radioactive Material to Leak into Pacific Ocean from Marshall Islands 7-6-15

5 years after the Fukishima disaster, yet another radioactive threat is raising its ugly head in the Pacific. It is the result of a dozen years of nucelar tests following WWII, now intersecting with rising sea levels due to global climate change …Full article

Fukushima Radiation Found in Sample of Green Tea from Japan 3-16-15

According to The New York Times, a sample of powdered tea imported from the Japanese prefecture of Chiba, just southeast of Tokyo, contained traces of radioactive cesium 137. 300 tons of radioactive water have been pouring into the Pacific every day. According to scientific sources, more than 30 times as much radioactive Cesium was released at Fukushima as was created at the bombing of Hiroshima …Full article

Selling Nuclear Power to a Wary Public (Essay: the sixty-year pitch) 2-13-15

From a dancing housewife to Homer Simpson and beyond, here are some memorable moments in the long grind to sell nuclear power to a wary public …more

Fresh Nuclear Leak Detected at Fukushima Plant in Japan Tokyo 2-22-15

Sensors at the Fukushima nuclear plant have detected a fresh leak of highly radioactive water to the sea, the plant’s operator announced on Sunday, highlighting difficulties in decommissioning the crippled plant. Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) said the sensors, which were rigged to a gutter that pours rain and ground water at the Fukushima Daiichi plant to a nearby bay, detected contamination levels up to 70 times greater than the already-high radioactive status seen at the plant campus. TEPCO said its emergency inspections of tanks storing nuclear waste water did not find any additional abnormalities, but the firm said it shut the gutter to prevent radioactive water from going into the Pacific Ocean. Full article

‘Uncertain Radiological Threat’: US Navy Sailors Search for Justice after Fukushima Mission 2-5-15

In March of 2011, the aircraft carriers USS Ronald Reagan rushed to Japan to help after the disastrous tsunami. Since then, many sailors from that ship have fallen ill, possibly as a result of exposure to radiation from the Fukushima nuclear meltdown …Full article

U.S. Senators Udall and Heinrish Lead Bipartisan Coalition to Expand Relief for Americans Sickened by Radiation Exposure 2-5-15

Rachel Carson opposed open air nuclear testing from her earliest days as a biologist when she studied and opposed the first United States atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll in 1946. She warned repeatedly, as in her Scripps College Commencement Address in June,1962, that, “The once beneficent rains are now an instrument to bring down from the atmosphere the deadly products of nuclear explosions.”…more

Terror Attack on Charlie Hebdo Ignites Fear of Global Nuclear Disaster 1-13-15

It’s a horrible thing when an organ of free speech is assaulted and journalists die. It will be an apocalyptic thing when it happens to an atomic reactor and whole continents are irradiated, with children first to suffer, a death toll in the millions and eco-economic impacts beyond calculation …Full article