Nuclear Safety

After Fukushima

We are tracking the nuclear disaster in Japan, and looking at questions about nuclear safety in the U.S. and elsewhere.

Our Reading List for Following Nuclear News From Japan

We’ve compiled a few resources that we’ve found helpful as we track the developments from the aftermath of Japanese earthquake.

Spent Fuel Now Focus at Japanese Reactor, Highlighting Concerns About Plant Design

As ProPublica reported earlier, spent fuel stored outside the reactor containment structure poses a direct threat of radiation releases at Japan’s stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power facility.

Status of Spent Nuclear Fuel in Question at Crippled Japanese Power Plant

Opponents of nuclear power have warned for years that if spent fuel pools lost water, it could lead to a fire and a catastrophic release of radiation. Now, there have been hydrogen explosions at two of the reactor buildings housing spent fuel pools at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.

Iodine Pills Distributed in Japan Offer Limited Protection From Effects of Radiation

The Bush administration in 2008 scrapped a plan to expand distribution of the pills to more residents living near the nation’s nuclear reactors.

Can U.S. Nuclear Plants Handle a Major Natural Disaster?

Congressman Ed Markey has asked the Government Accountability Office to look into earthquake and flood protection at nuclear plants and questions whether the new AP1000 reactor design by Westinghouse is vulnerable to earthquakes.

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