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  • No more Fukushimas

    No more Fukushimas
    The earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan one year ago today precipitated the most serious nuclear disaster since Chernobyl. A worst-case scenario contemplated the voluntary evacuation of Tokyo, as the Japanese Atomic Energy Commission feared a meltdown of the spent fuel pools sitting atop the reactors more than of the reactors themselves, according to an aide to then-prime minister Naoto Kan. Spent fuel pools, unlike nuclear reactors, are enclosed in no primary containment building. The one atop Reactor 4, which also has the "hottest fuel," sits directly exposed to the elements after an explosion blew the roof off the building March 15.
  • Masao Yoshida dies at 58; led response to Fukushima nuclear disaster

    Masao Yoshida dies at 58; led response to Fukushima nuclear disaster
    Masao Yoshida, the plant manager who led the fight to bring Japan's Fukushima atomic station under control during the 2011 nuclear disaster, has died. He was 58. He died Tuesday of esophagus cancer at a Tokyo hospital, according to a statement from...

    Global Voices: Fukushima made ex-premier a 'no nukes' crusader

    After the cascade of disasters that befell Japan 27 months ago, then-Prime Minister Naoto Kan took the brunt of withering criticism for shoddy nuclear safety standards at the crippled Fukushima reactor complex and the government’s chaotic...

    Ex-NRC chief: San Onofre restart plan doesn't instill confidence

    Ex-NRC chief: San Onofre restart plan doesn't instill confidence
    The former head of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Southern California Edison’s plan to restart the darkened San Onofre nuclear plant at reduced power for safety reasons is "not one that instills tremendous confidence in me." Gregory...

    Four reactors at Fukushima nuclear complex will have to be scrapped, utility chairman says

    Four reactors at Fukushima nuclear complex will have to be scrapped, utility chairman says
    The chairman of the utility that runs the crippled Fukushima power plant on Wednesday said the facility's four tsunami-battered reactors would have to be scrapped, and he apologized to the Japanese public for the nuclear disaster. Tsunehisa Katsumata,...