Yesterday we officially released our book Fukushima: The Story of a Nuclear Disaster, published by New Press and co-authored by Dave Lochbaum and Ed Lyman, and journalist Susan Q. Stranahan. Susan for many years was a journalist with the Philadelphia Inquirer, and was the lead reporter of the Inquirer’s Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the 1979 Three Mile Island nuclear accident. Read More
February 12th, 2014
January 4th, 2014
Ed will be part of a panel at an NRC hearing on spent fuel safety, starting at 9 a.m. on January 6. Read More
January 3rd, 2014
On January 6, the NRC is holding a hearing on the threat flooding and other extreme events pose to nuclear plants. Flooding at Fukushima, Ft. Calhoun and at a number of Northeast plants during Hurricane Sandy has prompted the NRC to take a closer look at plant flood protections. Read More
December 19th, 2013
The concrete in buildings at the Seabrook nuclear plant is being attacked by a chemical reaction that causes the concrete to swell and crack. If the condition is severe enough, it can weaken the concrete enough to cause structural problems. This condition, called alkali silica reaction (ASR), has been discovered at 131 locations in multiple structures at Seabrook. Read More
December 4th, 2013
Spent fuel pools pose a much bigger threat to public safety than they should because of the large amount of radioactive material they contain, which could be released to the environment in a severe accident.
While concerns tend to focus on the nuclear fuel contained in reactor cores, cooling pools in the U.S. typically contain much more fuel than the core. Currently, U.S. pools overall contain over 5 times more radioactive fuel than is in all the reactor cores, and some individual reactor pools contain more than 8 times as much fuel as the reactor core. Yet the pools don’t have the same level of protection or safety systems as the reactor cores. Read More
September 11th, 2013
Contrary to claims by some in the nuclear industry, accelerating the transfer of spent fuel from cooling pools to dry casks would not pose a significant risk to workers from increased radiation exposure, and does not outweigh the benefits of such transfers. Read More
August 28th, 2013
August 7th, 2013
Dave Lochbaum testified last week to the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Committee as part of a hearing on the Nuclear Waste Administration Act of 2013 (S. 1240). The bill is intended to create a process for dealing with spent nuclear fuel in the U.S., which has been piling up at nuclear reactor sites since the government has failed to open a geologic repository to store it. Read More
June 26th, 2013
The draft study released Monday by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on the potential consequences of an earthquake on spent fuel pools reinforces our concerns about spent fuel pool safety and fails to address some key issues. Read More
April 10th, 2013
Every year on April 12, people around the globe gather to celebrate the anniversary of the launch of the first person to orbit the Earth, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin.
The official coordinating website of the events, yurisnight.net, says:
Yuri’s Night is a global celebration of humanity’s past, present, and future in space. Yuri’s Night parties and events are held around the world every April in commemoration of April 12, 1961, the day of cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin’s first manned spaceflight, and April 12, 1981, the inaugural launch of NASA’s Space Shuttle.
This year for the anniversary I thought I would link to my post from last October, Skydiving from a Reentering Spaceship, which describes the death-defying way Gagarin and his fellow astronauts—including the first woman in space, Valentina Tereshkova—returned to Earth at the end of their flights.
You can’t make this stuff up.