nuclear safety


Avoiding(?) The Next Fukushima

September 11, 2015 by Robert Hargraves

Nuclear Risk and Planning

The Fukushima disaster is ending. No member of the public was injured by radiation. People are moving back home. Processed, mildly radioactive water is being released into the sea. Japan nuclear power plants are being restarted and world-wide construction resumed.[read more]

U.S. Nuclear Power Safety: Is the Glass Half Empty or Half Full?

April 30, 2015 by Jared Anderson

The Sate of Nuclear Safety

Well, it depends on who you ask, of course. But some suggest the existing U.S. nuclear regulatory framework contains flaws that in some cases allow cost to trump safety. But there has always been tension between the nuclear industry and the regulators that oversee it.[read more]

Nuclear Safety in a Post-Fukushima World: Is the US Falling Behind?

March 25, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

US Nuclear Safety

After Fukushima, re-examinations of nuclear reactor security were launched in many of the 31 countries around the world, which possess “over 435 [operable] commercial nuclear power reactors with over 375,000 MWe of total capacity [while about] 70 more reactors are under construction.”[read more]

How Do Fast Reactors Respond to Rapid Reactivity Insertion Events?

February 20, 2015 by Rod Adams

Fast Reactor Response

Fast neutron spectrum reactors offer one answer to the trump question that is often used to halt informative discussions about using more atomic energy to reduce our excessive dependence on burning hydrocarbon based fuels — “What do you do with the waste?”[read more]


U.S. Uranium Supplies, Part 2: Mitigating Future Energy Security Risks from Large Imports Disruptions

December 18, 2014 by John Miller

Uranium Security and Supply Risk Prevention

In the previous ‘U.S. Uranium Supplies, Part 1’ report we covered current-future World & U.S. Nuclear Power generation, primary sources of nuclear fuels, and the growing risks to imported supplies. Here we will cover promising policies and strategies for mitigating future potential uranium fuel imports disruption risks.[read more]

Greenpeace v. Canada: Symbolic Blow to the Nuclear Industry, Game-Changer for Everyone Else?

June 18, 2014 by Martin Olszynski

In a rather lengthy (431 paragraphs) decision, the Federal Court of Canada agreed with Greenpeace and other environmental groups that portions of the Joint Review Panel report for the Darlington New Nuclear project proposed by Ontario Power Generation were inadequate.[read more]

Some Lessons Were Learned from TMI, Others Were Not

April 6, 2014 by Rod Adams

TMI and Lessons Learned

On some levels, the accident that became known as TMI (Three Mile Island) was a wake-up call and an expensive learning opportunity for both the nuclear industry and the society it was attempting to serve. Some people woke up, some considered the event a nightmare.[read more]


Radiation: The Facts

March 3, 2014 by Robert Hargraves

Radiation Facts

Nuclear power can solve the global crises of air pollution deaths and climate change, help developing nations escape poverty, and let industrialized nations improve economic growth. The primary obstacle to nuclear power is misunderstanding of radiation safety. Radiation is safe within limits.[read more]

I Want a Nuclear Energy Plant in My Backyard, and So Do Some of My Neighbors

November 7, 2013 by Rod Adams

Nuclear NIMBYism?

My stomach tightens when someone asserts that “no body wants a nuclear plant in their backyard.” Perhaps it is because I have lived for several months at a time — 11 times — with a nuclear propulsion plant sealed up in the same 425 foot long steel tube that I occasionally called “home."[read more]

Tour of Fukushima Daiichi as of September 2013 [VIDEO]

October 26, 2013 by Rod Adams

Fukushima Daiichi

Though I would dearly love to have the opportunity to visit Fukushima Daiichi to obtain a first hand view of the efforts being undertaken to clean up after the effects of the tsunami and earthquake, this video is the next best thing to a personal site tour.[read more]

TEPCO Faces New Setbacks at Fukushima Nuclear Plant

July 26, 2013 by Joseph Koblich

Water Leakage at Fukushima


Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) has found itself thrust into the spotlight again over the last two weeks as a series of events at and around the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear station have triggered negative press, government commentary, and regulatory backlash.[read more]

EU Energy Briefing: Nuclear Safety, China Solar Energy Dispute, 2030 Framework [VIDEO]

July 10, 2013 by David Thual

EU Video Briefing

An extensive update on the latest European Union Energy Policy developments and what to expect for the near future in the field, with discussion on a far ranging selection of topics.[read more]

Associated Press Nukes the NRC on Reactor Safety

June 22, 2011 by Dan Yurman

A national wire story, the first of two, alleges the Nuclear Regulatory Agency has undermined safety at aging reactors. Is it true? A nuclear engineer with impeccable credentials says not so fast. On June 20 the Associated Press published the results of a year long investigative report on safety at nuclear reactors in the U.S. It is a...[read more]

Japan Nuclear Concerns Update & Energy Ethics from Germany

June 5, 2011 by Jim Arcadipane

TEPCO has detected radiation of up to 4,000 millisieverts per hour in the air at the building housing reactor unit 1 at the Fukushima nuclear facility. Readings were collected from a robot sent into reactor unit 1 on June 3rd. Heavy steam has also been observed rising from the floor of reactor unit 1.Record Radiation Levels at...[read more]

My Father's Last Report (Revised and Updated)

March 15, 2011 by Charles Barton

Oak Ridge nuclear safety researchers concluded that worst health consequences of a nuclear accident would be a consequence of panic and fear, not exposure to radiation form fission products.[read more]