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Fukushima study: Think about unthinkable disasters

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. science advisory report says a key lesson from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear accident is that the nation’s nuclear industry needs to focus more on the highly unlikely but super-serious worst case scenarios. A National Academy of Sciences report says that means thinking about earthquakes, floods, tsunamis, solar storm, multiple failures and situations that seem freakishly unusual. ...

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4 reasons Thorium could be the future of nuclear energy (and 2 reasons it hasn’t happened yet)

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Marissa Hall | Shale Plays Media “You don’t see any oil refineries in Star Trek. You don’t see any coal mines.” – Kirk Sorenson The world eyes nuclear energy with skepticism. It is expensive to build nuclear facilities, it creates far fewer jobs in comparison to that of the oil and gas industry, and it carries immense risk. Catastrophes due ...

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Stigmatized nuclear workers quit Japan utility

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Yuri Kageyama | Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — Stigma, pay cuts, and risk of radiation exposure are among the reasons why 3,000 employees have left the utility at the center of Japan’s 2011 nuclear disaster. Now there’s an additional factor: better paying jobs in the feel good solar energy industry. Engineers and other employees at TEPCO, or Tokyo Electric Power ...

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Food not checked for radiation poses risk in Fukushima: study

BY MIZUHO AOKI Eating unchecked homegrown vegetables and wild game from radiation-tainted areas on a regular basis can lead to high levels of internal radiation exposure, according to the results of a study published Tuesday in the U.S. online science journal PLOS ONE. However, levels of radioactive cesium detected in the bodies of the study’s participants declined once they stopped ...

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Tiny power plants hold promise for nuclear energy

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by Lori Hinnant, The Associated Press PARIS (AP) — Small underground nuclear power plants that could be cheaper to build than their behemoth counterparts may herald the future for an energy industry under intense scrutiny since the Fukushima disaster, the incoming head of the Nuclear Energy Agency told The Associated Press. Size is relative — the modular plants could be about ...

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Japan approves energy plan reinstating nuclear power

Toru Hanai

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s cabinet on Friday approved an energy policy reversing the previous government’s plans to gradually mothballnuclear power plants, a move likely to be unpopular with a wary public following the 2011 Fukushima disaster. But the plan may be too little too late for Japan’s moribund atomic industry, which is floundering under the weight of estimated losses of almost ...

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