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Rock The Capital Minute

By at March 29, 2011 | 9:49 am | 1 Comments

Rock The Capital Minute

In this edition of Rock The Capital Minute; a grim discovery at the Fukushima nuclear power plant: plutonium is turning up in the soil. That is another strong indicator that the plant has experienced at least a partial melt down of fuel rods. In Pennsylvania and a handful of other states growing concerns that Japan’s nuclear crisis could spill over. Conclusive tests show Iodine 131 in some of Pennsylvania’s waterways. Its a byproduct of rain and nuclear specialists say the level is well below the acceptable rate. Auditor General Jack Wagner wants to hold hearings on what to do with tobacco settlement money. It has always been earmarked for health care, but now Governor Corbett wants to shift how the state spends that cash.

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Three Mile Island, 32 years of Uneasiness

By at March 28, 2011 | 6:42 pm | 0 Comment

Three Mile Island, 32 years of Uneasiness

Human mistakes, mechanical imperfections, and confusion led to the worst nuclear accident in the United States. The crisis unfolded when a valve malfunctioned, releasing radioactive gases, which was later followed by, with the blessing of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the dumping of some 40,000 gallons of radioactive waste into the Susquehanna River.

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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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Investigation: Revelations about Three Mile Island raise doubts over nuclear plant safety

By at March 15, 2011 | 5:03 pm | 9 Comments

Investigation: Revelations about Three Mile Island raise doubts over nuclear plant safety

What happened at TMI is a whole lot worse than has ever been reported, says one person who truly was in the inside during the chaos and subsequent accident at Three Mile Island in 1979.

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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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