Posts marcados ‘NUCLEAR’


Coming Clean about Nuclear Power

 by Bolton New York in Nature

 San Onofre nuclear plant in southern California Image: David McNew Getty Images

Ever since Japan’s battered Fukushima Daiichi reactor complex began emitting radiation in March, calls to abandon nuclear power have risen in the U.S. and Germany, among other countries. If only it were so simple. Nuclear contributes 20 percent of the U.S. power supply and a significant share in other developed countries. If we gave it up, what would replace it? Pollution from fossil-fueled power plants shortens the life span of as many as 30,000 Americans a year. (mais…)


NRC Waives Enforcement of Fire Rules at Nuclear Plants

The door of the equipment entrance to the Unit 2 reactor at the Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant in Athens, Ala., on March 25, 2011. Thirty-six years after a devastating cable fire at the plant prompted the NRC to adopt tough new fire rules, Browns Ferry still doesn’t comply with the requirements to protect cables. (Dave Martin/AP Photo)

by John Sullivan, Special to ProPublica

Editor’s Note on Our Investigation Into Fire Risks at Nuclear Power Plants

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is routinely waiving fire rule violations at nearly half the nation’s 104 commercial reactors, even though fire presents one of the chief hazards at nuclear plants (mais…)


Assim se armou o Japão nuclear

Fukushima não assusta a Índia
por Gavan McCormack*, do Le Monde Diplomatique francês

Março de 2011 poderia marcar na história japonesa, uma ruptura comparável à de agosto de 1945, assinalando a morte de um modelo particular de organização do Estado e da economia. Em agosto de 1945, os cogumelos atômicos explodidos no céu de Hiroshima e Nagasaky haviam selado o fim da guerra em que os jovens oficiais do exército de Kwantung haviam envolvido o Japão nos quinze anos anteriores.


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