The Doomsday Clock is an internationally recognized design that conveys how close we are to destroying our civilization with dangerous technologies of our own making. First and foremost among these are nuclear weapons, but the dangers include climate-changing technologies, emerging... Read More
The author argues that reprocessing spent nuclear fuel may be appropriate for a large developing country such as China, but smaller countries will probably have to be satisfied for the time being with dry storage.
A new report suggests the Fukushima disaster is unlikely to pose Chernobyl-scale health risks. But both accidents had major environmental and social effects, and they share an underlying cause: a belief in nuclear infallibility.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission needs to recognize the limits of prediction in regard to floods and earthquakes and insist that US nuclear plants be upgraded to meet the standards for which they were originally licensed.
The author argues that no nation, whether democratic or not, can afford to neglect public opinion about nuclear power; and that the Chinese-made ACP-1000 reactor is an upgraded version of mature reactor designs.
The Onagawa Nuclear Power Station was closer to the epicenter of Japan’s massive earthquake than any other nuclear plant and faced higher tsunami waves, but it survived relatively unscathed. The reason: a different “safety culture.”