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Earthquakes and the H.B. Robinson Plant: A Case Study of the NRC’s Failure to Learn from the Fukushima Accident

, Director of Nuclear Power Safety, Climate & Energy

In response to the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi triple-meltdown accident in Japan, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) ordered nuclear reactor owners to conduct studies to revise and update the seismic hazard profiles at their sites. After nearly a decade, the results are in. Read more >

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Part-Time Activism for the Busy Expert: A Molecular Biologist’s Tale

Christopher Boniface, Molecular Biologist
, , UCS

I remember the first really large protest I ever attended. I was 21 and it was on the eve of the invasion of Iraq.  The atmosphere was electric—all over the U.S. and around the world, people were out in the streets in massive numbers telling their leaders, “No War!” The eventual invasion and occupation of Iraq was a wake-up call to me about the decision-making abilities of our leaders. It moved me to action on other issues that I care about—especially the environment.  Read more >

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News on Energy Alternatives—Wind, Efficiency Are In, Small Nukes Are Out

, Senior energy analyst

Investors working with utilities are making clear and clean choices for meeting our energy needs.  Two big announcements show wind and energy efficiency are financeable and attractive, and new small nuclear reactors are not.  Recently MidAmerican Energy chose to add more wind energy to its supply, dump a “modular” nuclear plant proposal,and decline to follow the trend toward burning natural gas. Read more >

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