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Nuke plant inspections find flaws in disaster readiness

A special inspection of U.S. nuclear plants after the Fukushima disaster in Japan revealed problems with emergency equipment and disaster procedures that are far more pervasive than publicly described by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, a review of inspection reports by ProPublica shows. While the deficiencies don’t pose an immediate risk…

Report: 75% of U.S. nukes sites leaked radioactive tritium

Most of the commercial nuclear power sites in the U.S. have leaked radioactive tritium, according to a recent investigation. The Associated Press found that 48 of the 65 power stations in the U.S. had reported leaking tritium, a radioactive form of hydrogen. U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) records blamed many…

UK arrests five in terror alert near nuclear site

LONDON (Reuters) – British police said Tuesday they had arrested five men close to a nuclear reprocessing plant in northwest England under counter-terrorism laws. The arrests were made afterPrime Minister David Cameronurged Britain to remain vigilant against potential reprisals following the killing of al Qaedaleader Osama bin Laden inPakistan by U.S. forces. Police said they were unaware of any…

IAEA warned Japan that quakes could be too much for nuclear facilities, leaked cable reveals

The international nuclear watchdog warned Japan in 2008 that powerful earthquakes could be too strong for their nuclear reactors, according to a U.S. diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks Tuesday night. During a December 2008 G8 Nuclear Safety and Security Group (NSSG) meeting in Tokyo, an official from the International Atomic…

US must learn from Japan nuclear crisis: Obama

WASHINGTON (AFP) – President Barack Obama said Tuesday he was “deeply worried” about the potential human cost of quake-hit Japan’s nuclear crisis and vowed to “further improve” the safety of US atomic facilities. “Nuclear plants are designed to withstand certain levels of earthquakes, but having said that, nothing’s completely failsafe,…

US helps Ukraine get rid of enriched uranium

WASHINGTON — The United States has helped Ukraine remove 50 kilos (111 pounds) of highly enriched uranium from three Ukrainian sites to be disposed of in Russia, US officials announced Friday. The move was made as part of a pledge by Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych at a nuclear security summit…

Report: Nuclear weapons drivers sometimes got drunk

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Energy Department’s watchdog says government agents hired to drive nuclear weapons and components in trucks sometimes got drunk on the job, including an incident last year when two agents were detained by police at a local bar during a convoy mission. The Energy Department’s assistant inspector…

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