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Fukushima Two Years Later: Another Nuclear Reactor Bites the Dust!
March 13, 2013
Two years after the cataclysmic induced but human caused reactor meltdown at the Fukushima-Daiichi reactors in Japan, much remains to be done for nuclear safety in the United States. However, today we can celebrate at least one victory as the Nuclear Regulatory Commission upheld its decision to deny the Calvert Cliffs 3 reactor license. The project has been flailing for a number of years, troubled by both economic and safety concerns, but ultimately fell as a result of its majority foreign ownership (French), a condition prohibited in the Atomic Energy Act.
Gwen Dubois, MD with the PSR-Baltimore chapter penned this op-ed about the folly of Calvert Cliffs, stating "what we don't need are more nuclear waste, more nuclear accidents, more dirty mining of uranium or more sources of weapons-grade uranium and plutonium waiting to be stolen and used against us."
This decision additionally will affect the South Texas Project new reactor project, which is owned by a majority Japanese consortium. Many reactors are reeling from dismal economics and superior alternatives and it seems clear that the Calvert Cliffs decision is part of a much larger trend.