Tag Archives: Nuclear

Needless Nuclear Reprocessing: The Bridge to Unnecessary Risk

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Introduction by Akio Matsumura

I decided to work full time on expanding the conversation on the Fukushima accident and cleanup process because of one reason:  nuclear power plant accidents have the ability to alter our land and society for tens of thousands years. We have seen major conflict over the last centuries, but even in the case of World War II, in… Continue reading

Japan’s Fault: The Risks of Mt. Fuji’s Eruption and Nuclear Power

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by Akio Matsumura

 

Please see this response from Jorge Zanelli, theoretical physicist  and former head of a presidential commission to assess the nuclear option for Chile.

 

What if Mt. Fuji erupts? The question seems random and provocative, but it is one we should be asking.

The Great Tohoku Earthquake that caused the… Continue reading

Beyond Control: Our Loosening Grasp on Nuclear Security

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IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano at theJuly 2013 IAEA Nuclear Security Conference

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To most, nuclear security means Iran and North Korea. While these do present global security threats, the intersection of many under-discussed components of nuclear… Continue reading

NYT: High Levels of Strontium Found in Groundwater Near Fukushima Plant

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A June 18 New York Times article by Hiroko Tabuchi — “High Levels of Radioactive Strontium Found in Groundwater Near Fukushima Plant” — alerted us that Tepco has found strontium-90 and tritium well above their legal limits in the groundwater at the Fukushima Daiichi site:

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Experts Explain Effects of Radioactive Water at Fukushima

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Introduction

by Akio Matsumura

Contaminated water is posing a new problem at the Fukushima site. Tepco must continue to cool the irradiated fuel rods, but has not devised a permanent and sustainable disposal process for the highly radioactive contaminated water that results. While they have a process that can remove much of the radiation from… Continue reading