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UN nuclear chief warns no ‘business as usual’

VIENNA (AFP) – The head of the UN’s nuclear watchdog warned on Monday that confidence in atomic energy had been “deeply shaken” by the Fukushima disaster as a conference began to debate lessons to be drawn of the crisis in Japan. “The eyes of the world will be upon us…

Radiation levels in seawater off Japan at record levels; plants will get safety upgrade

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan ordered an immediate safety upgrade at its 55 nuclear power plants on Wednesday in its first acknowledgement that standards were inadequate when an earthquake and tsunami wrecked a facility nearly three weeks ago, sparking the worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl in 1986. As operators struggle to regain control of…

Over 2,000 rally against nuclear plants in Taiwan

TAIPEI – Around 2,000 anti-nuclear protesters demonstrated in Taiwan on Sunday, demanding an immediate halt to the construction of an atomic power plant. The march comes amid a crisis in Japan after a huge quake on March 11 unleashed a tsunami which crippled an atomic plant 250 kilometres (155 miles)…

US support for nuclear power drops: poll

WASHINGTON (AFP) – An increasing number of Americans have real concerns about the safety of atomic power after a massive earthquake and tsunami sparked fears of a catastrophic meltdown at a Japanese nuclear plant, a poll released Thursday showed. In a USA Today/Gallup poll conducted since the disaster, some 70…

China freezes nuclear approvals after Japan crisis

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s vast nuclear push is likely to slow after the government ordered a safety crackdown on Wednesday in the aftermath of Japan’s nuclear crisis. The announcement by the State Council, or cabinet, was the clearest sign yet that the crisis at a quake-ravaged nuclear complex in northeast…

EU plans ‘stress test’ of all nuclear reactors

Concern over a nuclear crisis developing in Japan has led the European Union to agree to “stress test” all of their nuclear reactors. EU Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger said Tuesday that “there was a general agreement” to conduct the stress tests. “Nobody spoke against the stress test proposal,” he said.…

US lawmakers urge go slow on nuclear energy

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The unfolding nuclear disaster in Japan at reactors damaged by a massive earthquake and tsunami has led some lawmakers to call for putting the “brakes” on US nuclear development. “I’ve been a big supporter of nuclear power because it’s domestic — it’s ours and it’s clean,” Senator…

Senator calls for moratorium on US nuclear plants

WASHINGTON – The United States should “put the brakes” on the development of nuclear power plants as the disaster in Japan unfolds, key US senator Joe Lieberman said Sunday. “I’ve been a big supporter of nuclear power because it’s domestic — it’s ours and it’s clean,” Lieberman told the CBS…

Obama: GOP would forgo hundreds of thousands of new, green jobs

President Barack Obama used his weekly video and audio address Saturday to tout his administration’s efforts to strengthen the US economy by focusing on “clean energy.” According to Obama, his administration’s promotion of clean energy technology will result in “hundreds of thousands of new American jobs by 2012.” Those jobs…

Report: NSA creating spy system to monitor domestic infrastructure

Internal Raytheon email calls system ‘Big Brother’ The National Security Agency has begun work on an “expansive” spy system that will monitor critical infrastructure inside the United States for cyber-attacks, in a move that detractors say could end up violating privacy rights and expanding the NSA’s domestic spying abilities. The…

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