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Nuclear Power is Still Pennsylvania’s Best Bet

By at April 4, 2011 | 11:10 am | 394 Comments

Nuclear Power is Still Pennsylvania’s Best Bet

As we stand at the start of the American nuclear renaissance,Pennsylvania is home to five nuclear facilities Beaver Valley, Three Mile Island, Peach Bottom, Susquehanna and Limerick. I cannot knock it. Nuclear power has been good to me; the education and training I received have been indispensable. Nuclear power has been beneficial

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The World’s Top Scientists are Sorting out Japan’s Complex Nuclear Nightmare

By at March 31, 2011 | 12:02 pm | 1 Comments

The World’s Top Scientists are Sorting out Japan’s Complex Nuclear Nightmare

Excessive levels of radiation have been found in a village nearly 25 miles away from the chaos that is the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant.

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Nothing comes easy at the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant

By at March 30, 2011 | 11:35 am | 2 Comments

Nothing comes easy at the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant

There are no easy answers and no quick fixes at Japan’s Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant. A new obstacle to resolve is the rising level of radiation in seawater near the facility, which tested out at thousands of times above what is considered acceptable.

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Tapped out on Tap Water in Japan

By at March 24, 2011 | 10:32 am | 949 Comments

Tapped out on Tap Water in Japan

The problems in Japan are a myriad, and authorities have neither helped themselves or residents with plodding responses to every crisis. It has taken government officials hours to try to quell fear and panic that is spreading through the country over tap water that is no longer healthy to drink especially for children under the age of one.

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Sorting through Spent Fuel Rods and Damaged Reactors for the Truth

By at March 22, 2011 | 4:25 pm | 987 Comments

Sorting through Spent Fuel Rods and Damaged Reactors for the Truth

U.S Representative Edward Markey (D-Mass), the highest ranking Democrat on the House Energy Commerce Committee, has called on Japan to come clean about the true state of the country’s nuclear disaster.

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No easy Fix and more Evacuations at Japan’s troubled Nuclear Facility

By at March 21, 2011 | 12:01 pm | 0 Comment

No easy Fix and more Evacuations at Japan’s troubled Nuclear Facility

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano spoke in an ominous tone, perhaps the first Japanese official to be fully transparent. “Even if certain things go smoothly, there would be twists and turns.” And, “at the moment we are not so optimistic that there will be a breakthrough.”

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A birdseye view of a Nuclear Nightmare

By at March 21, 2011 | 10:25 am | 924 Comments

A birdseye view of a Nuclear Nightmare

To the untrained eye the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan looks nothing more than a twisted mess. Arnie Gunderson is one of few people that can size up what is going wrong at that facility just by looking at satellite images.  Gunderson gives us about as close of a view as we are […]

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Cutting through Clutter to better understand the Nuclear Crisis in Japan

By at March 16, 2011 | 12:47 pm | 0 Comment

Cutting through Clutter to better understand the Nuclear Crisis in Japan

As if developments over the past few days at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant were not severe enough, the crisis is worsening. The third reactor, Unit 3, at the Japanese plant is thought to have ruptured followed by the release of radioactive steam.

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Japan’s Race to Cool Nuclear Fuel Rods

By at March 14, 2011 | 4:09 pm | 0 Comment

Japan’s Race to Cool Nuclear Fuel Rods

In what can truly be described as an all out effort, scientists and engineers in Japan are in a mad-dash to cool down fuel rods at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. An effort that started a couple of days ago was further complicated by a second explosion on Monday destroying an outer building to what is known as unit 3. 11 people were injured in that blast.

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Scramble to Avert to Meltdown in Japan and how it compares to Pennsylvania’s Three Mile Island

By at March 13, 2011 | 1:05 am | 897 Comments

Scramble to Avert to Meltdown in Japan and how it compares to Pennsylvania’s Three Mile Island

The crippled Fukushima reactor is a grim reminder of the Three Mile Island crisis. It has some common technical and safety aspects, and brings to mind broken promises by the industry to resolve open safety issues. The Japanese crisis certainly demonstrates the propensity for obfuscation by the industry while the public is left sifting through hundreds of media reports.

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