Mike Ludwig, Truthout: “Radiation is expected to continue spewing for months from Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant that suffered a meltdown following an earthquake and tsunami in March, but despite grim reports from Japan, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has quietly stopped running extra tests for radioactive material in America’s milk, rain and drinking water. The EPA initially ramped up nationwide testing in the weeks following the disaster in Japan, and radioactive materials like cesium and iodine-131 were detected on US soil. Citing declining levels of radiation, the EPA has abandoned the extra tests, even as reports from Japan indicate that the Fukushima plant continues to emit radiation and the disaster is one of the worst in world history”: here.
New Expose: Nuclear Regulatory Commission Colluded With Industry (Video). Democracy Now!: “Three US senators have called for a congressional probe on safety issues at the nation’s aging nuclear plants following a pair of new exposes. In a special series called ‘Aging Nukes,’ the Associated Press revealed that the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the nuclear power industry have been working in tandem to weaken safety standards to keep aging reactors within the rules. Just last year, the NRC weakened the safety margin for acceptable radiation damage to reactor vessels”: here.
A special inspection of U.S. nuclear plants after the Fukushima disaster in Japan revealed problems with emergency equipment and disaster procedures that are far more pervasive than publicly described by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, a review of inspection reports by ProPublica shows: here.
Japan: Scale of nuclear disaster, cover-up exposed: here.
JAPAN: Workers Bear Brunt of Nuke Clean-up: here.
TEPCO razed a hill to build Fukushima on low ground: here.
W. David Kubiak, Truthout: “For those most focused on Fukushima’s human toll, there are several main sources of concern: the continuing radiation menace in the region’s fields, crops and seafood; and TEPCO’s recent admission that its reactors won’t be under control until 2012 at best”: here.
Malcolm Fraser, Project Syndicate: “Months after the devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami hit Japan, the ongoing nuclear disaster at Fukushima compounds the humanitarian tragedy and impedes recovery. The damaged reactors and spent-fuel ponds contain around ten times as much nuclear fuel as did the Chernobyl reactor that exploded in 1986. In three reactors, the fuel has melted, almost certainly through the reactor vessels; primary containment structures have been breached; explosions have torn away the secondary containment (the buildings); radioactive releases continue; and closed-loop cooling has not been re-established”: here.
Japan PM calls for nuclear-free future: here.
Phase-Out Hurdle: Germany Could Restart Nuclear Plant to Plug Energy Gap: here.