nuclear

Japan’s New Environmental Minister Calls for Closing Down All Nuclear Reactors to Prevent Another Disaster Like Fukushima

Japan’s New Environmental Minister Calls for Closing Down All Nuclear Reactors to Prevent Another Disaster Like Fukushima

By Jessica Corbett Japan’s new environmental minister, Shinjiro Koizumi, called Wednesday for permanently shutting down the nation’s nuclear reactors to prevent a repeat of the 2011 Fukushima disaster, comments that came just a day after Koizumi’s predecessor recommended dumping more than one million tons of radioactive wastewater from the power plant into the Pacific Ocean. […]

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    ‘Floating Chernobyl?’ Nuclear Plant Heads Across Arctic Circle

    ‘Floating Chernobyl?’ Nuclear Plant Heads Across Arctic Circle

    By Eon Higgins Its official name is the “Akademik Lomonosov,” but critics call it a “floating Chernobyl.” Whichever title you prefer, the floating barge nuclear plant is heading across the Arctic Circle. A project of the Russian government, the plant is headed to the far eastern town of Pevek on Russia’s Arctic north coast to […]

    Clean Power Overtaking Fossil Fuels in Britain in 2019

    Clean Power Overtaking Fossil Fuels in Britain in 2019

    The birthplace of coal power is changing its ways. For the first time since the industrial revolution, the United Kingdom will generate more electricity from clean energy sources like wind, solar and nuclear power rather than from fossil fuel plants, the country’s National Grid said Friday, as the BBC reported. The milestone has been passed […]

    Supreme Court Upholds Virginia’s Ban on Uranium Mining

    Supreme Court Upholds Virginia’s Ban on Uranium Mining

    In a blow to the Trump administration, the Supreme Court ruled Monday to uphold a Virginia ban on mining uranium, Reuters reported. The Trump administration had backed a lawsuit brought by Virginia Uranium Inc. and other companies who own the nation’s largest-known uranium deposit, valued at $6 billion. But that deposit is on private land […]

    ‘Irresponsible and Outrageous’: Trump DOE Redefines ‘High-Level’ Nuclear Waste to ‘Low-Level’ to Cut Corners on Disposal Costs

    ‘Irresponsible and Outrageous’: Trump DOE Redefines ‘High-Level’ Nuclear Waste to ‘Low-Level’ to Cut Corners on Disposal Costs

    By Julia Conley In a move that will roll back safety standards that have been observed for decades, the Trump administration reportedly has plans to reclassify nuclear waste previously listed as “high-level” radioactive to a lower level, in the interest of saving money and time when disposing of the material. The Department of Energy (DOE) […]

    Former U.S. Nuclear Safety Chief: ‘New Nuclear Is off the Table’

    Former U.S. Nuclear Safety Chief: ‘New Nuclear Is off the Table’

    By Grant Smith From 2009 to 2012, Gregory Jaczko was chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which approves nuclear power plant designs and sets safety standards for plants. But he now says that nuclear power is too dangerous and expensive — and not part of the answer to the climate crisis. “Nuclear power was supposed […]

    Grand Canyon Visitors Were Exposed to Unsafe Radiation From Buckets of Uranium for Nearly Two Decades

    Grand Canyon Visitors Were Exposed to Unsafe Radiation From Buckets of Uranium for Nearly Two Decades

    Grand Canyon visitors and employees who passed through the national park‘s museum collection building were exposed to radiation for nearly two decades, AZCentral reported Monday. That’s because, until last year, three five-gallon paint buckets filled with uranium ore were stored in the building, according to a Feb. 4 email sent out to all National Park […]