Beyond Nuclear cites NRC and industry for “lessons unlearned” at Fukushima
The United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has commissioned the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) to conduct a study on the implications of the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear catastrophe for US reactor operations. In fact, it is the NRC that should be coming under investigation as a “captured regulator” of this increasingly dangerous industry.
The most important lesson of the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear catastrophe is that in the event of a severe accident, once fuel damage in the reactor core occurs there is a very high likelihood that the accident will proceed to catastrophic containment failure with widespread radioactive contamination to the environment. Yet the NRC and the nuclear industry have explicitly disregarded this critical lesson in post-Fukushima Orders and industry actions. Read the comments Beyond Nuclear has presented to the NAS regarding dangerous half measures for venting the unreliable Fukushima-designed GE Mark I and Mark II Boiling Water Reactors here in the United States.
Dozens of U.S. and Canadian age-degraded atomic reactors add potentially catastrophic radiological risks to the already dire economic situation in the Midwest. The threat extends to the Great Lakes, drinking water supply for 40 million people in North America, including a large number of Native American First Nations. But Beyond Nuclear, along with environmental allies and congressional watchdogs like Ed Markey (D-MA) and Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), are resisting these radioactive risks at some of the oldest and most troubled atomic reactors in the country, such as Palisades in MI and Davis-Besse in OH. More.
Silence Deafening: Fukushima Fallout...A Mother's Response
Nuclear fallout is a harmful and mysterious tragedy that we can't see, taste, hear, smell or feel. Rather than recoil in fear from Fukushima Daiichi, this book serves to empower us into further action. It is a mother's account of dealing with radioactive fallout from the Fukushima Daiichi disaster, the worst in world history. Written by Kimberly Roberson, it speaks to the urgent need for food monitoring, conservation and renewable energy, as radiation from nuclear power is migrating into our homes and kitchens. More about the book.