Posted in News Radiation War

Russians flee Chernobyl with radiation sickness

“The convoy kicked up a big column of dust,” Chernobyl workers said of the Russian military. “Many radiation safety sensors showed exceeded levels.” by Julia Conley, Common Dreams March 31, 2022 The International Atomic Energy Agency…

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Posted in Ukraine

Chernobyl nuclear plant power cut Ukraine officials warn of new radioactive danger

Ukraine’s foreign minister demanded an immediate ceasefire in the area to “allow repair crews to restore electricity supply” to the Chernobyl plant “as soon as possible.” by Jake Johnson, Common Dreams Wednesday, March 9, 2022  …

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Posted in Nuclear Waste Radiation War

Nuclear plant on fire after Russian shelling

Ukraine Officials: “Fire has already broke out,” said Ukraine’s Foreign Affairs Minister. “If it blows up, it will be 10 times larger than Chornobyl.” by Common Dreams Staff Thursday, March 3, 2022 This is a developing…

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Posted in Analysis Nuclear Waste

Nuclear disaster in Ukraine could make swaths of Europe ‘uninhabitable for decades’

Russia’s assault on Ukraine risks nuclear devastation “far worse even than the Fukushima Daiichi catastrophe of 2011,” Greenpeace warns. by Jake Johnson, Common Dreams March 2, 2022 The international environmental group Greenpeace warned Wednesday that Russia’s…

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Community members participate in a March 9, 2013 "No More Fukushimas" and "Walk for a New Spring" protest in Croton-on-Hudson, New York in opposition to the Indian Point nuclear power plant. (Photo: Vanessa/Flickr/cc)
Posted in Energy News

Indian Point nuclear plant shutting down in New York

The Indian Point facility, notes one of its critics, was built “where a severe accident would jeopardize the health of millions of people and where no large-scale evacuation plan would be remotely feasible.” by Brett Wilkins,…

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Posted in News Nuclear Waste Radiation

Greenpeace says Japan’s plan to contaminate Pacific Ocean with Fukushima water would violate international law

“The government has taken the wholly unjustified decision to deliberately contaminate the Pacific Ocean with radioactive wastes.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Tuesday, April 13, 2021   In a decision that sparked condemnation from environmental advocates,…

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Savannah and Sam Peyton, who were without power for days last week, huddle in multiple layers under a sleeping bag at their home in Austin, Texas, on Thursday night, Feb. 18, 2021. Temperatures plummeted to the teens and single digits across Texas, and at least 58 have died in storm-affected areas across the country from causes including carbon monoxide poisoning, car crashes, drownings, house fires and hypothermia. Credit: Tamir Kalifa/The New York Times/Redux
Posted in Accountability Analysis Energy Pro Publica

“Power companies get exactly what they want”: How Texas repeatedly failed to protect its power grid against extreme weather

Texas regulators and lawmakers knew about the grid’s vulnerabilities for years, but time and again they furthered the interests of large electricity providers. by Jeremy Schwartz, Kiah Collier and Vianna Davila, ProPublica/Tx Tribune Tuesday, February 23,…

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Posted in Analysis Climate change Energy Green New Deal

Media reaction: Texas ‘deep freeze’, power blackouts and the role of global warming

This week, a blast of Arctic air has engulfed much of the central US, bringing freezing conditions and record low temperatures to many states. by Josh Gabbatiss, Robert McSweeney, Carbon Brief Texas, in particular, has been…

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Posted in Energy News

Lethal levels of radiation found in damaged Fukushima reactor will have ‘huge impact’ on shutdown

The radiation levels reported around shield plugs at two reactors are high enough to kill a worker exposed for even an hour. by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Wednesday, December 30, 2020 In what Japanese regulators on…

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Posted in Climate change Columns Energy Environment Wade Rathke

Thorium reactors and climate change

New Orleans     I’m trying to keep an open mind, OK? I know we’re all supposed to hate nuclear energy and be scared of total disasters, right? There’s Three-Mile Island in Pennsylvania. I’ve read the…

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