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Photo: Pentagon Review Says America's Nukes Are FUBAR Pentagon Review Says America's Nukes Are FUBAR
Mother Jones - Sun Nov 16, 2014
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is ordering a massive overhaul of America's nuclear weapons program after finding that "we've taken our eye off the ball," he said at a press conference on Friday morning. More »

6 underground Hanford nuclear tanks leaking
Associated Press - Fri Feb 22, 2013
YAKIMA, Washington - Six underground tanks that hold a brew of radioactive and toxic waste at the nation's most contaminated nuclear site are leaking, federal and state officials said Friday. More »

The A-Bomb off our coast
Associated Press - Thu Feb 14, 2013
BRUNSWICK, Georgia - On a winter night nearly 55 years ago, the pilot of a B-47 bomber carrying a nuclear bomb collided with a F-86 fighter jet at 36,000 feet during a training exercise. More »

Photo: Radioactive bluefin tuna crossed the Pacific to US Radioactive bluefin tuna crossed the Pacific to US
Associated Press - Tue May 29, 2012
LOS ANGELES - Across the vast Pacific, the mighty bluefin tuna carried radioactive contamination that leaked from Japan's crippled nuclear plant to the shores of the United States 6,000 miles away - the first time a huge migrating fish has been shown to carry radioactivity such a distance. More »

Photo: Contaminated water found leaking at Japanese nuclear plant Contaminated water found leaking at Japanese nuclear plant
CNN - Sun Dec 4, 2011
Workers at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility have discovered a leak of 45 metric tons of radioactive water, operator Tokyo Electric Power Company said in a statement Monday. More »

Photo: My father was an "atomic vet" My father was an "atomic vet"
Val Willingham - CNN Medical Producer - Fri Nov 18, 2011
Three weeks ago, my father, Alexander Wadas, died from stage 4 lung cancer. More »

Workers find ultra-high radiation levels at Fukushima Daiichi plant
CNN - Mon Aug 1, 2011
Tokyo - The operator of Japan's crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has detected the highest radiation levels at the facility since the initial earthquake and tsunami five months ago, a company spokesman said Tuesday. More »

Japan equates nuclear crisis severity to Chernobyl
Associated Press - Mon Apr 11, 2011
TOKYO - Japan ranked its nuclear crisis at the highest possible severity on an international scale - the same level as the 1986 Chernobyl disaster - even as it insisted Tuesday that radiation leaks are declining at its tsunami-crippled nuclear plant. More »

More radioactive water spills at Japan nuke plant
Associated Press - Sun Mar 27, 2011
TOKYO - Workers discovered new pools of radioactive water leaking from Japan's crippled nuclear complex, officials said Monday, as emergency crews struggled to pump out hundreds of tons of contaminated water and bring the plant back under control. More »

Breach suspected at troubled Japanese power plant
Associated Press - Thu Mar 24, 2011
TOKYO - Two weeks after an earthquake and tsunami triggered a crisis at a nuclear plant, the facility is still not under control, and the government said Friday there is a suspected breach at a reactor. More »

New reactor fire as Japan works to contain threat
Associated Press - Mon Mar 14, 2011
SOMA, Japan - A new fire broke out at a nuclear reactor early Wednesday, a day after the power plant emitted a burst of radiation that panicked an already edgy Japan and left the government struggling to contain a spiraling crisis caused by last week's earthquake and tsunami. More »

Meltdown alert at Japan reactor
BBC - Sun Mar 13, 2011
Technicians are battling to stabilise a third reactor at a quake-stricken Japanese nuclear plant that has been rocked by a second blast in three days. More »

Hydrogen explosion at stricken Japanese nuke plant
Associated Press - Sat Mar 12, 2011
TOKYO - Japan's chief cabinet secretary says a hydrogen explosion has occurred at Unit 3 of Japan's stricken Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant. More »

Partial Meltdowns Presumed at Crippled Reactors
New York Times - Sat Mar 12, 2011
TOKYO - Three days after a massive earthquake and tsunami, the Japanese authorities were still struggling Sunday to avoid full meltdowns at a plant with two stricken reactors on Japan's coast. More »

Japan warns of second nuclear plant explosion
AFP - Sat Mar 12, 2011
Japan's top government spokesman has warned of the risk of a second explosion at the quake-hit Fukushima nuclear plant, but said that reactor three could withstand it as reactor one did a day earlier. More »

Japan quake causes emergencies at 5 nuke reactors
Associated Press - Thu Mar 10, 2011
TOKYO - Japan declared states of emergency for five nuclear reactors at two power plants after the units lost cooling ability in the aftermath of Friday's powerful earthquake. More »

Vermont Nuclear Plant Lies to Regulators about Radioactive Water
WPTZ-TV - Thu Jan 14, 2010
MONTPELIER, Vermont - Political leaders of every stripe sharply criticized executives at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant Friday over new revelations they have repeatedly misled regulators about key systems at the site. More »

Federal Waste Dump Sells Tons of Excavated Salt
Associated Press - Thu Dec 24, 2009
Hundreds of tons of salt excavated from the Department of Energy's underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico are destined for cattle feed in Texas. More »

Photo: Chernobyl Exclusion Zone Radioactive Longer Than Expected Chernobyl Exclusion Zone Radioactive Longer Than Expected
Wired - Thu Dec 17, 2009
SAN FRANCISCO - Chernobyl, the worst nuclear accident in history, created an inadvertent laboratory to study the impacts of radiation - and more than twenty years later, the site still holds surprises. More »

British UN scientist's death was 'not suicide', Gordon Brown is told
Daily Mail, UK - Sat Nov 14, 2009
Gordon Brown is being urged to intervene in an investigation into the mysterious death of British scientist Timothy Hampton. More »

Gov't stands by as mercury taints water
Associated Press - Thu Sep 17, 2009
NEW IDRIA, California - Abandoned mercury mines throughout central California's rugged coastal mountains are polluting the state's major waterways, rendering fish unsafe to eat and risking the health of at least 100,000 impoverished people. More »

Feds Investigate Vermont Radiation Leak
WPTZ-TV - Tue Oct 21, 2008
VERNON, Vermont - Federal regulators are investigating the cause of radiation exposure that forced the evacuation of 25 workers at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. More »

Navy says sub leaked radiation since 2006
CNN - Wed Aug 6, 2008
A US Navy submarine leaked trace amounts of radioactive water for two years as it made port calls in Japan and other Asian nations, the Navy said Thursday. More »

Plutonium leaks at Austrian plant
BBC - Sun Aug 3, 2008
There has been a plutonium leak at a site run by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Austria. More »

Bad Training Caused Mishandling Of Plutonium Spill
KMGH-TV - Sat Jul 12, 2008
DENVER - An internal investigation found that sloppy safety procedures and poor training and response contributed to the mishandling of a plutonium spill at the federal National Institute of Standards and Technology lab last month. More »

Boeing, Dow Chemical fined 926 million over nuclear pollution
AFP - Mon Jun 2, 2008
A Denver, Colorado court has fined Dow Chemical Company and Boeing Company a combined 926 million dollars for property damages caused by plutonium contamination from a nuclear weapons plant. More »

Utah nuclear waste company ramps up campaign contributions
Associated Press - Tue Apr 15, 2008
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - A Utah disposal company seeking federal permission to import more than 20,000 tons of nuclear waste from Italy has raised its campaign contributions to lawmakers by hundreds of thousands of dollars. More »

Photo: Pipe bomb locks down Arizona nuclear plant Pipe bomb locks down Arizona nuclear plant
Associated Press - Fri Nov 2, 2007
WINTERSBURG, Arizona - As authorities tried to understand why a contract worker would bring a pipe bomb to the nation's largest nuclear power plant, one thing was immediately clear: The security worked. More »

Tennessee Nuclear Leak Hidden from the Public
Associated Press - Mon Aug 20, 2007
KNOXVILLE, Tennessee - A three-year veil of secrecy in the name of national security was used to keep the public in the dark about the handling of highly enriched uranium at a nuclear fuel processing plant - including a leak that could have caused a deadly, uncontrolled nuclear reaction. More »

US 'cannot allow' nuclear N Korea
BBC - Wed Oct 4, 2006
The US will not accept a North Korea armed with nuclear weapons, a top US envoy has said, after Pyongyang announced plans for a nuclear test. More »

Radioactive Leak Taints Water in Chicago
UPI - Tue Jan 24, 2006
CHICAGO - Radioactive tritium seeping into groundwater near a Chicago-area nuclear power plant has prompted the Exelon Corp to offer compensation to property owners. More »

Radiation alert at Chechen plant
BBC - Fri Dec 16, 2005
Prosecutors in Chechnya have opened a criminal investigation after finding "catastrophic" levels of radioactivity at a chemical factory in the republic. More »

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