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  • Hurriquake Week and Nuclear Reactors
    Posted by Morgan Pinnell on August 26, 2011

    Just days after an earthquake that shook Toronto to South Carolina, we are once again gearing up for a dangerous scenario. The earthquake caused ‘unusual events’ at a dozen reactors along the East Coast, demonstrating, particularly in the wake of the Fukushima disaster earlier this year that more emergency preparedness is desperately needed at reactor sites. This upcoming weekend, the East Coast is expecting a Category 3 hurricane, Irene, which poses yet another threat to the reactor safety. Read more »

  • Moving Beyond Fear: Can the earth shake us out of our dangerous slumber?
    Posted by David Hart on August 24, 2011

    Yesterday afternoon, like many people in DC (and up and down the East Coast), I experienced the jarring reality of a moderate earthquake. It was a scary moment up high in our office tower. Sadly, at that same moment, many people feared that instead of a natural disaster, we were facing a man-made tragedy. Read more »
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  • Laser Enrichment and its Proliferation Risks
    Posted by Morgan Pinnell and Ashish Sinha on August 22, 2011

    Over the weekend, the New York Times reported on General Electric’s successful attempt at using laser enrichment to create nuclear fuel. They now seek support for a $1 billion facility that would cover 100 acres in Wilmington, NC. Read more »

  • Laser Enrichment and its Proliferation Risks
    Posted by Morgan Pinnell and Ashish Sinha on August 22, 2011

    Over the weekend, the New York Times reported on General Electric’s successful attempt at using laser enrichment to create nuclear fuel. They now seek support for a $1 billion facility that would cover 100 acres in Wilmington, NC. Read more »

  • Score One for Jaczko, Public Safety
    Posted by Morgan Pinnell on August 12, 2011

    PSR is an organization that you couldn’t accuse of going soft on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). Let’s face it: there are many reasons not to. Still, it’s heartening to see that NRC Chairman Jaczko understands that NRC is supposed actually regulate the nuclear industry. Yesterday, he made public his vote (and reasoning for said vote) on the recommendations of the NRC’s Fukushima Task Force, in which he endorses moving forward on the recommendations. Read more »

  • A true statesman, Senator Mark Hatfield (1922-2011)
    Posted by David Hart on August 12, 2011

    Sen. Hatfield was a true statesman - a public servant who worked across party lines to pursue peace. When I was in junior high school and first learning about international issues, he inspired me through his powerful words and by matching his actions with his rhetoric. Read more »
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  • Hiroshima and Nagasaki: The talk I didn't give
    Posted by Dr. Henry Rosenberg on August 12, 2011

    66 years ago today a plane called Bockscar set out to drop an atomic bomb on the city of Kokura. Scientists at Los Alamos were intrigued as to which type of bomb was better, a uranium based bomb which had shown its effectiveness three days earlier at Hiroshima, or the plutonium bomb which was intended for Kokura. As it happened, Kokura was under storm clouds on August 9, so the crew looked over its list of secondary targets and bombed Nagasaki. Read more »
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  • Hiroshima-Nagasaki-Fukushima
    Posted by Morgan Pinnell and Ashish Sinha on August 10, 2011

    On August 6, 1945, by executive order of President Truman, the United States of America detonated the atomic bomb named “Little Boy” over Hiroshima. Read more »
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  • How to Save a Quarter of a Trillion Dollars
    Posted by Dr. Lawrence Wittner on August 8, 2011

    In the midst of the current stampede to slash federal spending, Congress might want to take a look at two unnecessary (and dangerous) "national security" programs that, if cut, would save the United States over a quarter of a trillion dollars over the next decade. Read more »
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  • Thermo-Nuclear
    Posted by Morgan Pinnell on August 5, 2011

    It’s August in DC. It may be hyperbolic, but there are times when I feel like bursting into flames is an appropriate reaction to the horrible atmosphere that greets me when I leave the safe confines of air-conditioning. Read more »

  • New START success must push us to bold action towards zero
    Posted by Ira Helfand, MD on August 4, 2011

    The U.S. and Russian Federation are off to a successful beginning in implementing the New START Treaty, which entered into force on February 5. As of July 25, the U.S. had conducted seven inspections of Russian facilities, while the Russians had visited six U.S. facilities. This is a fast pace, given that the yearly quota is 18 inspections for each side. Read more »
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  • Heart-wrenching stories from Fukushima on the Right to Relocate
    Posted by Michele Boyd on August 3, 2011

    Fukushima prefecture residents are pressing the Japanese government for the fundamental right to relocate away from contaminated areas and to be compensated for their loss of homes and livelihoods. Read more »
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  • Desmond Tutu: Ending Nuclear Evil
    Posted by Archbishop Desmond Tutu on August 3, 2011

    Eliminating nuclear weapons is the democratic wish of the world’s people. Yet no nuclear-armed country currently appears to be preparing for a future without these terrifying devices. In fact, all are squandering billions of dollars on modernization of their nuclear forces, making a mockery of United Nations disarmament pledges. If we allow this madness to continue, the eventual use of these instruments of terror seems all but inevitable. Read more »
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  • An Effort to Bury the NRC Fukushima Task Force Recommendations
    Posted by Michele Boyd on July 26, 2011

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) task force on the Fukushima nuclear disaster has presented its recommendations for improving safety at US reactors to the NRC Commissioners. Read more »
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  • Big News for Our Friends at Sierra Club!
    Posted by Peter Wilk, MD on July 21, 2011

    PSR salutes Sierra Club's $50 million grant for expanding its Beyond Coal campaign and shutting down more dirty, polluting coal-fired power plants Read more »

  • Climate Change Brings More Deadly Heat Waves
    Posted by Sarah Lovinger, MD, Chicago PSR on July 20, 2011

    Chances are that if you are living in the United States right now, you are experiencing sweltering heat. Read more »

  • Self-Soothing Safeness
    Posted by Morgan Pinnell on July 19, 2011

    It feels good to tell ourselves that everything is going to be okay. It’s an urge that everyone can understand. So, when I read the Washington Post’s editorial, Learning lessons from Fukushima, a part of me can empathize. Read more »

  • Keeping Secrets at DOE
    Posted by Michele Boyd on July 15, 2011

    The Department of Energy Improvement Act of 2011 (S. 1160) has been quietly introduced in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources committee. The committee ostensibly held a hearing on the bill on July 12, but it was largely ignored in lieu of two other bills on solar and geothermal energy, respectively. Read more »

  • CEDA: An Inflated Title XVII
    Posted by Michele Boyd on July 15, 2011

    On July 14, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee once again passed legislation that sets up a Clean Energy Deployment Administration (CEDA) to provide loan guarantees as well as indirect subsidies to “clean” energy projects. Read more »

  • Evac Havoc
    Posted by Morgan Pinnell on July 1, 2011

    The latest story in the fab AP series on the state of nuclear reactors in the US introduces the hot topic of evacuation zones in the event of a nuclear accident in the United States. NRC regulations specify that there must be a plan in place to evacuate 10 miles around US reactors. Read more »

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