Archive for the ‘nuclear fuel cycle’ Category

From Energy News, numerous documents on the 2014 “radiological event” that possibly released “370 Billion Bq of Plutonium equivalent may have escaped from WIPP drum during ‘thermal runaway’ & multiple fires.”  The “events”* occurred February 5 (86 workers were in the mine at the time of the fire) and February 14 (release of radioactive material […]

For the first time on the Web, Honicker vs. Hendrie: A Lawsuit to End Atomic Power (1978) is presented full text.* It’s not a great copy;  the book’s tightly bound condition and fading typeface make it less than a perfect scan. Nevertheless, Honicker vs. Hendrie, even in this diminished state, remains historically relevant and a […]

I recently discovered a copy of Our Atomic World in my library. Our Atomic World was authored by C. (Claude) Jackson Craven for the Atomic Energy Commission (1963, 1964, revised). The publication is an optimistic look at the atom featuring an historical overview of atomic research and development, with an appeal for nuclear energy “needed for […]

I can’t embed USTREAM video on WordPress for some reason, so here are the links to the translated Citizens Nuclear Information Center (CNIC) press conferences:

TMI & Chernobyl


In the academic literature, it’s widely held that the disasters at Three Mile Island (TMI) and Chernobyl are failures in risk communication. It’s useful to revisit these cases as the international media (ABC News & BBC as examples) likens Fukushima-Daiichi reactor problems to TMI (a partial core meltdown) and Chernobyl (continuing public health and environmental […]

As I digest media accounts of the nuclear reactor situation in Japan, it seems to me the U.S. media has a teachable moment at hand. Teachable, as I intend here, means the U.S. media thoughtfully lead the debate on nuclear power and harm in the same way as perhaps Life magazine (May 16, 1949 “The […]

Ran across this “Exxon film” over at Internet Archive today.  One of the claims made in the film is that nuclear power is a “proven alternative” to the use of coal and oil for energy production.