|Head of Japan Atomic Energy Commission fingers flawed GE Mark I design as the cause of Fukushima meltdowns
Americans should take notice of a recent Associated Press interview (02/14/2012) with Shunsuko Kondo (left), the head of the Japan Atomic Energy Commission, who blames the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe on the design of the General Electric Mark I Boiling Water Reactor. Mr. Kondo had been commissioned by Japan Prime Minister Naoto Kan to write a secret worst case scenario for the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear disaster including possibly calling for Tokyo’s 35 million people, 140 miles away, to “migrate” out of harm’s way. Mr. Kondo “acknowledged that the design for Fukushima Dai-Ichi had been faulty and he never expected a Chernobyl-style disaster.” The United States has 23 of these 1960s vintage reactors still operating with the NRC rubberstamping 20-year license extensions even as more flaws come to the surface. More.
Defending the Great Lakes against risky atomic reactors, old and new
Beyond Nuclear and environmental allies have pressed their cases this week against the 35-year old Davis-Besse atomic reactor's license extension in Ohio, and against the proposed Fermi 3 new reactor in Michigan, both on Lake Erie. They have also turned a spotlight on the problem-plagued Palisades reactors in Michigan along the Lake Michigan shore. More