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Nuclear Energy


Italy Saying Goodbye to Nuclear?

Fallout from the March Fukushima nuclear plant leak reached into Italian government policy, as it now appears likely there will not be a renewed thrust toward the controversial power source anytime soon.

WHOI Leads Expedition to Measure Radioactivity from Fukushima Disaster in Pacific

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution will lead the first international, multidisciplinary assessment of the levels and dispersion of radioactive substances in the Pacific Ocean off the Fukushima nuclear power plant—a research effort funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

Taking the Waste out of Nuclear Waste

While spent nuclear fuel continues to pile up by the ton across the United States, UC Irvine’s Mikael Nilsson says the solution is clear: recycle it at the commercial nuclear power plants that create it.

Professor Comes Up With Way to Neutralize Radioactive Iodine – In the Microwave

A University of Sheffield professor has found a way of locking up iodine radioisotopes in a durable, solid material suitable for ultimate disposal, such as lead iodovanadinite(Pb5(VO4)3I).

Fukushima Affect on Ocean Bigger than That of Chernobyl

Radionuclides in seawater have been reported from the Fukushima plant's discharge canals, from coastal waters five to 10 kilometers south of the plant, and from 30 kilometers offshore, that are at least an order of magnitude higher than the highest levels in 1986 in the Baltic and Black Seas, the two ocean water bodies closest to Chernobyl.

Radiation Protection Expert Criticizes Comparison of Fukushima to Chernobyl

Taking a close look at information disclosed by Japanese government ministries, the World Health Organization, the International Atomic Energy Agency and others, Professor Wakeford details events at the six different reactors, and the consequent releases of radioactivity.

Is Nuclear Power Fair for Future Generations?

The recent nuclear accident in Fukushima Daiichi in Japan has brought the nuclear debate to the forefront of controversy. While Japan is trying to avert further disaster, many nations are reconsidering the future of nuclear power in their regions.

San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station

Edison to Propose Seismic Studies for San Onofre Station

The studies would include a tsunami hazard analysis as well as reprocessing and reanalyzing existing data using more modern digital and numerical computer processes.



LANL Improves Path to Producing Uranium Compounds

Starting materials developed at the Los Alamos National Laboratory may be candidates for advanced nuclear fuels.

Kurion Offers Ion Specific Media for Fukushima Plant Cleanup

The product, based on materials used to clean up Three Mile Island's nuclear disaster, reportedly removes radioactive isotopes from aqueous solutions.

Power Profiler Allows Users to See Emissions, Electric Sources

EPA has updated its emissions and generation database, or eGrid, with 2007 data, allowing users to access the information using ZIP codes.

Iodine-131 Levels Still Below Levels of Concern

EPA and USDA are monitoring food, rain, and potable water for levels of radioactivity that may have drifted to the United States from Japan.

Groups Request Info on Reactor Exemptions, Evacuation

Richard Brodsky with Demos, a national policy center, and three other groups have filed Freedom of Information Act requests prompted by the nuclear disaster in Sendai, Japan.

Would Your Life Insurance Policy Cover Death by Radiation Poisoning?

The aftermath of Japan's multiple nuclear reactor leaks that were caused by the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan, combined with the heightened fear of an unstoppable wind-borne spread of radiation into other countries has some Americans asking, "Would death from radiation poisoning be covered by my life insurance policy?"

DOE Releases Melter Draft Waste Evaluation for Comment

The draft evaluation shows that the melter meets the criteria for “waste incidental to reprocessing” and may be managed and disposed of as low-level radioactive waste.

USW Honors Japanese Nuclear Workers at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant

United Steelworkers International President Leo W. Gerard issued a statement concerning the workers at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility in Japan.

Survey: Americans Want to Hit The Brakes on More Nuclear Power

More than half of U.S. adults now back moratorium on new reactors.

Japan Worst-case Scenario Unlikely to Cause Catastrophic Radiation Release (With Video)

While exposed spent fuel rods at the failing nuclear reactors in Japan pose new threats, the worst-case scenario would still be unlikely to expose the public to catastrophic amounts of radiation, says a nuclear engineering professor and expert on this particular kind of reactor.

New Jersey to Join Spent Nuclear Fuel Rule Lawsuit

Three other states already have filed against the Nuclear Regulatory Agency for its 60-year storage standard.

Energy Safety, Security Under the Spotlight as Gas Leaders Debate Future

As the unfolding crisis in Japan raises debates about the future for nuclear power and as Middle Eastern political unrest destabilises petroleum markets, the energy industry faces many considerable challenges as it heads to a flagship industry gathering.

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