Three investigative articles published last week add mountains of evidence to years-long claims by U.S. watchdogs that the U.S Nuclear Regulatory Commission is heavily corrupted by industry influence.
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Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers, a key player in the potential revival of nuclear power, said yesterday that the Fukushima disaster will delay U.S. nuclear development until safety upgrades can be considered, noting the likely re-evaluation of spent fuel storage.
An alliance of southeastern public interest groups on Wednesday asked the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to suspend the fast-track approval process for the new Westinghouse AP1000 reactor.
It’s too early to know the impact of Japan’s emergency on public health and the industry. But new projects worldwide likely will be delayed as the events at Fukushima are analyzed, and changes are debated in plant design, regulation and emergency planning.
NC WARN’s director Jim Warren debates Duke Energy’s nuclear policy director Steve Nesbit on Charlotte’s public radio station.
Progress Energy sends out safety information manuals annually to everyone living within ten miles of the Shearon Harris Nuclear Plant, but critics say if something goes wrong at the plant, not nearly enough thought has gone into keeping people safe.
The unfolding nuclear plant crisis in Japan could pose significant problems for Duke Energy’s effort to build a new reactor near Gaffney, SC.
A few reliable sources of information covering the breaking news of Japan’s nuclear facilities:
Union of Concerned Scientists
Institute for Energy and Environmental Research: Arjun Makhijani
Fairewinds Associates: Arnold Gunderson
Nuclear Information and Resource Service
Recent News Items:
Fukushima disaster could have been avoided, nuclear plant operator admits – The Guardian, October 15, 2012
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Threats to the Shearon Harris Nuclear Plant have people asking could a major disaster happen here?
Critics of the AP1000 reactor argue that design flaws could lead to release of radioactive material.