Category Archives: Radioactive waste: a “nonexistant” problem

Neither the U.S. government nor the U.S. nuclear power industry have been able to agree on an environmentally acceptable method for disposing of the spent fuel rods from nuclear power plants. Instead, every nuclear reactor site in the country has become a de facto high-level nuclear waste repository, with the dangerous rods stored under water in pools that require constant cooling, or in dry storage above ground. These storage facilities lack the containment vessels of the reactors themselves, and are much more vulnerable to terrorist attacks.

Radioactive water and the 2013 VA Governor’s Race

I have an article in today’s National Memo on the politics of uranium mining in this year’s race for the governorship of Virginia: Radioactive?: “Uranium Mining Ban May Become Hot Issue In Virginia’s Election.” There’s a huge uranium deposit in … Continue reading

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Blue Sky, Nothing But Blue Sky

One of the most abused words in Nukespeak is the little five-letter word “clean.” There is nothing “clean” about the process of producing nuclear weapons or nuclear energy. Every step produces its associated nuclear wastes, from the massive piles of … Continue reading

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Sierra Club Books Releases Nukespeak E-Book

Tomorrow is the official release date for the 30th anniversary updated e-book edition of Nukespeak: The Selling of Nuclear Technology from the Manhattan Project to Fukushima. For this e-book edition, Rory O’Connor and I have written new chapters covering major … Continue reading

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No Word for It: Imagining the Unimaginable

Tsunami is a Japanese word – one sign of the island nation’s intimate relationship with the destructive forces of the ocean that surrounds it. Despite the fact that the word is one of the few from the Japanese language to … Continue reading

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