For a year or two, I’ve been asserting that the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster would cost closer to a $1 trillion when all costs were accounted for. Recently, I was challenged on this point and decided to document and argue my thesis. By Michael Barnard Let’s start with principle accountability. Yes, if the tsunami had […]
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The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) asked for “patience and public transparency” in its review of cleanup activities at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. It’s the agency’s fourth review mission since the earthquake, tsunami and meltdown destroyed the plant in 2011. By Joshua S Hill Cleantechnica It has been nearly eight years since I began covering […]
Radioactive material from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant disaster is accumulating in the sands and brackish groundwater beneath beaches up to 60 miles away from the nuclear power plant itself, according to a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on October 2. The study is the first to identify accumulations of […]
As a result of a class action lawsuit brought against Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) and the government of Japan — the largest such class action lawsuit to date that relates to the 2011 nuclear disaster in Fukushima — a district court in the prefecture has ruled that both TEPCO and the government are liable for damages […]
By Jeremy Bloom With cleanup barely begun four years after the Fukushima disaster, a new study looking at the run-up to the worst nuclear meltdown in history says it could have easily been prevented. While most studies have focused on the response to the accident, we’ve found that there were design problems that led to the disaster […]
By Jeremy Bloom The Wall Street Journal reports that scientists investigating the Fukushima power plant have confirmed a third of its reactors had a serious meltdown when the 2011 earthquake and tsunami destroyed the plant. Part of the problem: The plant is such a disaster that the only way they can tell what the hell happened, […]
By Jeremy Bloom In the wake of the Fukushima meltdown, Japan shut down ALL its nuclear plants. It just seemed like a damn good idea. Now, four years later – and in the shadow of the 70th anniversary of the Hiroshima/Nagasaki nuclear bombings that ended World War II – Japan is restarting those nuclear plants. […]
How safe are American nuclear power plants?
Today’s DC earthquake was dangerously close to the design limit for a nearby power plant… and one out of four backup generators failed. That’s really not good enough…
The next time an American company pushing nuclear power tells you “We have safeguards in place! We know what we’re doing! We can handle emergencies!” … keep this in mind:
It’s four months in to the Fukushima disaster, and some of the best engineers in the world have things “nearly under control” – which means the temperature is down to the boiling point of water, it’s not leaking too much, and it’s not going to explode (probably).
It’s madness. But even as Japan’s Prime Minister says that after Fukushima, it’s time to prepare for a society that does not rely on nuclear power – his strongest statement yet about ending Japan’s nuclear program – it’s full speed ahead in the US Senate. The Senate Energy Committee is set to vote tomorrow on three bills that […]
From the lips of Japan’s Prime Minister: It will take decades to clean up the meltdowns at the Fukushima nuclear plant. Meanwhile, our worst fears are being realized as reports come in of radioactive cesium contaminating beef raised downwind of the plant.
As they try to clean up what may be the worst nuclear disaster in history at Fukushima, they continue to make things worse.
“In the last three weeks, everything we knew about the accident has been turned upside down. We were told three partial meldowns, don’t worry about it. Now we know it was 100 percent core melt in all three reactors. Radiation – ‘miminal’ that was released. Now we know it was comparable to the radiation at Chernobyl….”
More bad news from Japan – in the wake of last week’s revelation that 3 of the 4 reactors had gone into meltdown and beyond, we now learn that high levels of radioactivity – in particular, particles of strontium 89 and 90 – are being found in groundwater and sea water around the facility, and even further than 60 miles away.
If a techincally-advanced country like Japan with a reputation for exactitude can suffer from one of the worst nuclear disasters in history, should we be a litttle more worried about places where security and infrastructure are poor to non-existent and corruption is rampant?
That’s the theme of a special report compiled for Reuters, based on diplomatic cables assembled from the Wikileaks treasure trove. And it’s kinda scary.