The Party Line: Japan Nuclear Crisis Continues, Highlighting More Potential Dangers in US

By: Friday August 19, 2011 3:00 pm

Imagine, if you will, living somewhat close to a nuclear reactor—not right next door, but close enough—and then imagine that an accident at that reactor causes a large release of radioactive isotopes into the atmosphere. Certainly scary, but maybe less scary because you know your government has computer models that show where the nuclear fallout will blow and fall, and they explain that the amounts that will blow and fall on you are negligible.

Sure, you might think twice about that reassurance, but it is not like they are saying everything is OK. The government, after all, did evacuate some people based on their fallout models. . . so they are on top of it.


The Party Line – July 22, 2011: Fixing a Hole

By: Friday July 22, 2011 3:12 pm

Why not take advantage of this situation—which has the added advantage of being the truth—and demand a clean vote, and only a clean vote, on the debt ceiling? Why not tell the American people that if we do this, and keep the money supply cheap and fluid, then government can do what it is supposed to do—what it can do: care for its people, create jobs in a time of need, repair aging infrastructure, research and develop new, greener energy sources (hint, hint—which will not only wean us off of expensive oil and nuclear power, but it could help build the economic engine that could power the US economy for the next decade), and provide a better life for every level of society?

Tropical Storm Songda Bringing Heavy Rain to Fukushima Prefecture

By: Sunday May 29, 2011 6:45 am

A tropical storm will rake the east coast of Japan over the next couple of days, bringing heavy rain and strong winds to Fukushima Prefecture. NHK reports, “Japan’s Meteorological Agency says heavy rain is expected in the area around the power plant beginning on Sunday night. In some areas, torrential rain and strong wind are expected from Monday to Tuesday.”

Japan Nuclear Watch, Thurs 4/7: UCS Briefing on NRC Fukushima Reactor Concerns

By: Thursday April 7, 2011 4:18 pm

The Union of Concerned Scientists held a press briefing with David Lochbaum and Edwin Lyman to help reporters understand the details of the NRC report on reactor conditions at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Station. The details explain how dire the conditions are at Units 1-4.

Why Fukushima’s “Spent” Fuel Rods Will Continue to Catch Fire

By: Tuesday March 15, 2011 7:13 pm

Yesterday the spent fuel rod pool at Fukushima Daiichi reactor 4 caught fire. About that time instruments at the plant showed an exponential increase in radiation levels. After the fire was quenched, radiation levels fell. In the hour before I sat down to write this, there was an explosion at the same spent fuel rod pool. As I write, another fire is burning there. NHK reports the radiation level – 300 to 400 milliSieverts – is so high that firefighters cannot approach the area.

Japan Nuclear Watch, Wed. am JST: New Fire and Explosion at Unit 4 Fuel Pond

By: Tuesday March 15, 2011 3:32 pm

Early Wednesday morning, March 16, in Japan.

Japanese authorities are reporting a new fire and explosion coming from the area of the spent fuel pond of Unit 4 of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.

That’s the same site at which fires were reported on Tuesday and an explosion that released very high levels of radiation. Wednesday’s blast and fire also resulted in increased radiation readings at the site, and, according to one other report, at least two workers are missing.

Japan Nuclear Watch: Ministry Presser on Unit 2 Explosion and Unit 4 Fire

By: Monday March 14, 2011 7:51 pm

Breaking: There has been another explosion at Unit 4. More as we get details.

A Japanese senior official gave a press conference at 11:00 a.m. (Tokyo) Tuesday and officials answered questions about the situation at the Fukushima Nuclear Station.

Japan Nuclear Watch: Third Explosion, Possible Cracked Containment at Unit 2

By: Monday March 14, 2011 5:55 pm

Japanese authorities now report that about 6:14 a.m. (Tokyo) Tuesday, March 15, there was an explosion at the Daiichi Unit 2 of the Fukushima Nuclear Station. This explosion was heard, not seen from the outside. The explosion reportedly did not blow off the roof/walls, as the explosions did at Units 1 and 3.

Japan Nuclear Watch: Monday Morning Update

By: Monday March 14, 2011 6:05 am

Japanese responders continue to battle rising heat and pressure and falling water levels in the damaged reactors, Units 1 and 3, at Fukushima I (Daiichi) Nuclear Power Station.

Japan Nuclear Watch: Struggling to Prevent and Limit Meltdowns

By: Saturday March 12, 2011 6:00 pm

Desperate efforts continue to contain the damage at at least six nuclear reactor units at Fukushima Stations I (Daiichi) and II (Daini), following the explosion early this a.m. (US Eastern) at Daiichi Unit 1.

There are confusing/conflicting reports of a “meltdown,” at Unit 1. CNN reported a Japanese nuclear official seeming to confirm that a “meltdown” was probably underway, but there has been no other official confirmation.

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