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Mutant butterflies linked to fallout from Japan nuclear meltdown

Radioactive fallout from the Fukushima meltdowns has created mutant butterflies, researchers in Japan have said. Scientists say they've detected an increase in mutations in leg, antennae and wing shape among butterflies.... Read more»

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One year after Japan disaster, APS says Palo Verde nuke plant is safe

A year after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, operators of Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station said Friday that events in Japan prompted new initiatives to prepare for emergencies.... Read more»

Radioactive beef on market in Japan

Tokyo officials discovered that the meat of 11 cows from a Fukushima farm, which was about to be delivered, contained high levels of radiation, while radioactive meat of six other cows from the same farm was on the market.... Read more»

Regulators open up about flawed policing of nuclear reactors

These are rocky days at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which finds itself under attack from the outside for decisions ranging from new reactor designs to safety issues that have languished for years. ... Read more»

Training lacking at Palo Verde nuke plant

A Nuclear Regulatory Commission report said more employees at the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station need regular training on the plant’s Severe Accident Mitigation Guidelines, and that training exercises are rare.... Read more»

Japan doubles estimate of radiation leaked from crippled nuke plant

Japan more than doubled its initial estimate of radiation released from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in the week after the tsunami. The revision, almost three months after the earthquake and tsunami, is likely to fuel criticism of the way information about the accident was initially disseminated... Read more»

New photos released of tsunami hitting nuke plant

TEPCO has released new photos of the tsunami hitting the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on March 11, while the company posted a $15 billion loss prompting its president to resign.... Read more»

Extensive damage, radioactive leaks suspected at Fukushima reactors

Serious damage has occurred in fuel cores at two reactors of Japan's Fukushima nuclear complex, said Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), further complicating shutdown efforts.... Read more»

Is America poised for epic nuclear disaster?

Despite growing concerns, the U,S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission hardly ever issues serious penalties for fires—a more predictable threat than earthquakes or tsunamis—at the nation's nuclear power plants, opting for voluntary compliance and slaps on the wrist. ... Read more»

Workers enter Fukushima nuclear plant for first time since explosion

Heavily protected safety workers enter the stricken plant to connect ventilation equipment, exposing themselves to radiation.... Read more»

Opinion

Japan could have avoided this nuclear horror

Why did the only country to endure the mass death and radiation of atomic bombs have to experience the worst peacetime nuclear horror? The evidence against nuclear plants in quake country was there, but it was ignored when constructing the Fukushima Daiichi plant.... Read more»

U.S. nuclear regulator lets industry help write fine print

Records show that portions of Nuclear Regulatory Commission guides rely on material from the industry’s leading trade group, the Nuclear Energy Institute. The NRC says it maintains final say over its official guidance to plants, but critics say the NRC is handing too much influence to the industry.... Read more»

Japan says Fukushima crisis at Chernobyl level

Japan has raised the severity of the nuclear crisis at its stricken Fukushima Daiichi plant to the highest level, putting it on a par with the Chernobyl disaster. Officials said that radiation leaks were still far lower than those during the 1986 disaster — the world's worst — but the situation remained unpredictable.... Read more»

Radiation from Japanese nuke disaster detected in Arizona

Traces of radiation from the nuclear disaster in Japan have been detected in Arizona, officials said. Tiny amounts of Iodine-131 radioactive material associated with releases from the Fukushima Daiichi power plant were detected over the weekend by the Arizona Radiation Regulatory Agency.... Read more»

Cooling pool nearly boils over at Japan nuke plant

A pool containing spent fuel rods at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant almost boiled over Tuesday, sending fresh tremors of fear among workers battling to cool it down.... Read more»

Engineers reconnect power lines to all six Japan reactors

Power cables have been reconnected to all six reactors at Japan's stricken nuclear plant, a major breakthrough in bringing unstable reactors under control, officials said Tuesday as the facility's operator came under criticism for withholding information about safety violations and accidents.... Read more»

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