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Highly Radioactive Boar Found In Germany This Week

Highly Radioactive Boar Found In Germany This Week

Wild boar exceeding the German limit of 600 bq/kg were found in the region of Saxony. The boar have been being tested since 2012 with some dozens of times over the limit. In a year more test over the limit than below even decades after Chernobyl. The Saxony region is 700 miles from Chernobyl yet still harbors this ongoing problem. Foods such as mushrooms and wild berries are still considered unsafe to eat in Germany. image … Read entire article »

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SimplyInfo.org; Fukushima & Nuclear News Roundup, Aug 31, 2014

20 tons of fish returned to Japan from South Korea http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20140821-00000035-yonh-kr&pos=3 Whitebait fishing resumes off Fukushima Pref. http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20140826_31.html TEPCO bypass operation failing to have an impact http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/nuclear.html Yoshida transcripts to be released soon, some question that the full transcripts may be different than the leaked excerpts in conclusions drawn. http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/08/25/national/leaks-government-release-interviews-deceased-fukushima-plant-boss/#.U_yST_ldUrk 3 overseas firms picked to help tackle Fukushima plant toxic water http://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2014/08/308805.html Don’t bank on nuclear restarts http://www.japantimes.co.jp/opinion/2014/08/24/editorials/dont-bank-nuclear-restarts/#.U_ygp_ldUrk Japanese Public Seen as Biggest Obstacle to Nuke Restart http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-08-26/japanese-public-seen-as-biggest-obstacle-to-nuke-restart.html Fukushima nuclear crisis estimated to cost 11 tril. yen: study http://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2014/08/308785.html Tsunami risk in Sea of Japan region just as high as Pacific coastline http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/social_affairs/AJ201408270056 8 billion yen earmarked for Fukushima Daiichi research http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/08/26/national/ministry-seek-%C2%A58-1-billion-outlay-study-fukushima-1-reactor-dismantlement/#.U_vb5WNHSpB Major budget cut planned for radiation forecasting tool for nuclear accidents … Read entire article »

Fukushima Refueling Machine Portion Falls In Spent Fuel Pool

Fukushima Refueling Machine Portion Falls In Spent Fuel Pool

TEPCO is reporting that the console portion of the refueling machine that fell into the spent fuel pool of unit 3 during the initial explosion has now fallen further into the pool. Workers were attempting to remove the section of the refueling machine from the pool when it broke loose and fell into the pool. TEPCO thinks it fell into a section … Read entire article »

WIPP; Cause Still Unknown, Missing Records, State Radiation Monitoring Lapsed

The LA Times covers the ongoing issues at WIPP. Their findings match with ours in our efforts to follow the events after the explosion in the mine. Records kept at WIPP have many missing records in the public inventory system. We have asked WIPP and DOE officials multiple times through multiple channels why the inventory system has so many blank and missing record files. They have repeatedly refused to provide an explanation for the blank barrel records or to explain when that would be corrected. The Times also points out during the initial incident there was no radiation protection staff at the plant and they were unable to locate the on call person. It also took … Read entire article »

Fukushima Disaster Interviews Clear Up Evacuation Of Daiichi Question

Fukushima Disaster Interviews Clear Up Evacuation Of Daiichi Question

A new report released by Kyodo News seems to clear up what transpired and who may have wanted to abandon Fukushima Daiichi at the height of the meltdowns. The series of events are outlined as far as who said or did what during those hours, these are in time order based on either a date/time stamp or Kyodo’s narrative: 1. Susumu Kawamata (TEPCO) … Read entire article »

2nd ALPS Decontamination System Installed At Fukushima Daiichi

2nd ALPS Decontamination System Installed At Fukushima Daiichi

A second ALPS decontamination system is being installed at Fukushima Daiichi and will begin test operations in early September. NRA announced the new system yesterday. The first ALPS system, designed by Toshiba has been plagued with problems that required around a year of testing operations to make it work properly. Another system in testing phases at the plant is a new … Read entire article »

Fukushima Daiichi Sea Releases Updated To 157 Billion Bq Per Day

Fukushima Daiichi Sea Releases Updated To 157 Billion Bq Per Day

Yesterday we reported on TEPCO’s admission of ongoing daily sea releases of contaminated water to the Pacific. The TEPCO rep in the press conference cited the tritium level as being 1 billion becquerels per day. The graph submitted by TEPCO to METI showed a quite different amount for the tritium readings. The journalists at the conference prodded TEPCO for actual readings … Read entire article »

TEPCO Drops Bombshell About Sea Releases; 8 Billion Bq Per Day

TEPCO made the startling admission today at a press conference that the plant is leaking 8 billion bequerels per day. (8 gigabequerels) 5 billion bq of strontium 90 2 billion bq of cesium 137 1 billion bq of tritium * (later corrected to 150) This is the ongoing daily release to the Pacific. These release numbers are also within the realm of what some oceanographers have been warning about since last year, that there was an ongoing and considerable leak to the sea. According to journalist Ryuichi Kino TEPCO said this may be due to failings of some sort within the “glass” wall at the sea front. This is an underground wall made in the soil by injecting a … Read entire article »

TEPCO To Begin Unit 3 Crane Removal From Spent Fuel Pool

TEPCO To Begin Unit 3 Crane Removal From Spent Fuel Pool

A brief note in the daily reports mentioned that TEPCO will be pausing cooling to the unit 3 spent fuel pool again. This time it is to begin work to remove the refueling crane that fell into the pool during the blast. This work is obviously risky to an extent as they try to remove the heavy refueling crane from … Read entire article »

TEPCO Failed To Deliver Needed Equipment To Fukushima Daiichi At Height Of Disaster

TEPCO Failed To Deliver Needed Equipment To Fukushima Daiichi At Height Of Disaster

NHK is reporting this new admission as coming from the late plant manager Masao Yoshida. He discussed problems with getting desperately needed equipment to the plant during the meltdowns. TEPCO sent batteries needed to try to operate control room equipment without any notice of the size or voltage of the batteries. Most batteries were too heavy to carry. Workers had to … Read entire article »

Japan To Pay 820 Mil To Damaged Town, TEPCO Liable In Evacuee Suicide

Japan To Pay 820 Mil To Damaged Town, TEPCO Liable In Evacuee Suicide

NHK reported today that an 820 million USD agreement was reached to allow the towns of Futaba an Okuma to be used to store nuclear debris from Fukushima Daiichi. The government insists the effort isn’t a permanent dump and will still need to buy or lease land from the landowners. TEPCO was found liable and ordered to pay 900,000 USD in … Read entire article »

NRA Volcano Review Of Nuclear Safety Abruptly Exposes Reality

NRA Volcano Review Of Nuclear Safety Abruptly Exposes Reality

NRA began their review of nuclear safety related to volcano’s this week. This would be considered a good thing for a country full of volcanoes. The first meeting exposed some inconvenient problems with the notion of nuclear power plants and volcanoes peacefully co-existing. “The Nuclear Regulation Authority, or NRA, guidelines require nuclear power plant operators to take specific actions if volcanic activity … Read entire article »

Muon Detection Tests Begin In Japan Towards Fuel Detection at Fukushima Daiichi

Muon Detection Tests Begin In Japan Towards Fuel Detection at Fukushima Daiichi

A sample testing box set was tested at JAEA’s Tokai reactor in late July. The tests helped them come up with what they think will be proper shielding for the detectors. IRID reports that they think about 10cm of shielding should be enough to enable detectors to be installed at Fukushima Daiichi. There will still be considerable challenges to an actual … Read entire article »

More Fukushima Children Found With Thyroid Cancer

More Fukushima Children Found With Thyroid Cancer

Another periodic report from the Fukushima Health Survey has found more thyroid cancers in children. Another 14 cancers were confirmed since the last report in May 2014. This brings the total number of thyroid cancers (confirmed or suspected) at 103. Some news outlets were reporting it as 104 but one case was confirmed during surgery to have not been a … Read entire article »

SimplyInfo.org; Fukushima & Nuclear News Roundup; Aug 24, 2014

TEPCO began treating contaminated groundwater pumped up from around the reactor buildings to see if they can reduce levels low enough to dump in the Pacific. The work will last 3 months. http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20140820_29.html Testing has begun on a new decontamination system that can remove radioactive silver and ruthenium. http://www.tepco.co.jp/nu/fukushima-np/handouts/2014/images/handouts_140818_07-j.pdf Fukushima resumes rice exports, first one goes to Singapore http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/08/19/business/first-export-fukushima-rice-since-nuclear-crisis-started-2011-reaches-singapore/#.U_KLG_ldUrk A Fukushima decontamination sub contractor of Kajima failed to get workers required radiation exposure screenings http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/08/19/national/firm-rapped-for-neglecting-to-get-fukushima-decontamination-workers-health-checks/#.U_NW7fldUrk 17,000 people sent in technical complaints about the possible restart of the Sendai nuclear plant in Japan to the country’s regulator http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/kyodo-news-international/140819/17000-comments-sent-regulator-nuclear-plant-screening- Europe struggles with cost of caring for its elderly nuclear plants http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/08/18/world/europe-struggles-with-cost-of-caring-for-its-elderly-nuclear-plants/#.U_NbgfldUrk US nuclear regulator hit by two foreign cyberattacks in three years http://www.engadget.com/2014/08/18/us-nuclear-regulator-hit-by-hacks/ New volcanic isle may collapse, create tsunami: study http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/new-volcanic-isle-may-collapse-create-tsunami-study?utm_campaign=jt_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_source=jt_newsletter_2014-08-20_AM Los … Read entire article »

Govt. To Disclose All Yoshida Testimony Of Fukushima Disaster

Govt. To Disclose All Yoshida Testimony Of Fukushima Disaster

The Japanese government has announced that all 20 hours of Masao Yoshida’s testimony about the Fukushima nuclear disaster will be made public in September. Previously, Fukushima officials said they would sue to force the disclosure of the testimony. Yoshida is the one person who truly knew what transpired at Fukushima Daiichi during the height of the disaster. This article would not be … Read entire article »

Cracked Belgian Reactors May Be Retired, Same Risk at 22 Nuclear Plants Worldwide

Cracked Belgian Reactors May Be Retired, Same Risk at 22 Nuclear Plants Worldwide

Two Belgian reactors are receiving continued investigations into the structural cracking problems of their reactor vessels. The steel reactor vessels in question were all made by the now defunct Rotterdam Steel Company. Problems with the fabrication and steel quality lead to unusual cracks that were discovered during routine ageing inspections. A 22 US, European and South American reactors were made by this … Read entire article »

Japan NRA To Create Panel To Explore Volcano Risks To Nuclear Plants

Japan NRA To Create Panel To Explore Volcano Risks To Nuclear Plants

Japan’s NRA has established a panel to investigate volcano risks to nuclear plants, on the heels of their claim that the volcano risk to the Sendai nuclear plant is “negligible”. While establishing the panel, the NRA also began to back peddle on their claims of safety against volcanos at Sendai. NRA later called the risk negligible “at the moment” and … Read entire article »

Fukushima Worker Testimony Made Public, Reveals Height Of The Crisis

Fukushima Worker Testimony Made Public, Reveals Height Of The Crisis

“Father, Mother, please forgive me for dying before I could fulfill my duty as a son. After the earthquake, I would have wished to hear your voices even once.” “I did not give up on life until the very end.” As portions of the hundreds of testimonies given to the government investigation into the Fukushima nuclear disaster Asahi Shimbun and Kyodo News … Read entire article »

TEPCO To Try Two New Tactics To Stem Radioactive Tide At Fukushima Daiichi

TEPCO To Try Two New Tactics To Stem Radioactive Tide At Fukushima Daiichi

Efforts to freeze a trench near unit 2 in order to remove highly radioactive water has continued to have problems. The ice wall system wasn’t working so TEPCO dropped ice and then dry ice into the trench via a small pipe. They then discovered that the dry ice was clogging in the small pipe they were using to drop ice … Read entire article »

SimplyInfo.org; Fukushima & Nuclear News Roundup August 17, 2014

Kepco: the monstrous 500-pound gorilla of Kansai http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/08/16/national/kepco-monstrous-500-pound-gorilla-kansai/#.U_Db4PldUrk Work on the trench freezing operation stopped at Fukushima Daiichi. Dry ice froze inside a pipe being used to drop ice into the trench. Workers couldn’t determine how to solve this problem. http://ex-skf.blogspot.com/2014/08/fukushima-i-npp-progress-report-on-ice.html Anti-tornado facilities at nuclear plant unveiled http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20140812_27.html Shika nuclear plant operator applies for screening http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20140812_26.html No. of dead and missing from 2011 disaster stands at 21,586 http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/no-of-dead-and-missing-from-2011-disaster-stands-at-21586?utm_campaign=jt_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_source=jt_newsletter_2014-08-11_PM LDP to field BOJ official for Fukushima governor race http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/08/09/national/politics-diplomacy/ldp-to-field-boj-official-for-fukushima-governor-race/#.U-iuaPldUrk EDF shuts down 4 reactors after discovering boiler flaw http://www.bbc.com/news/business-28738074 S. Korea to return imported scrap metal with radioactive traces back to Japan http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/national/2014/08/11/88/0301000000AEN20140811007600320F.html French pro nuclear power labor union urges shutting down of Fessheim http://energytransition.de/2014/08/french-labor-union-openly-opposes-nuclear/ South Carolina electricity customers facing 8th rate hike due to delays and cost over runs for construction of new nuclear … Read entire article »

New Fukushima Worker Testimony Describes Suicide Mission To Vent Unit 1

New Fukushima Worker Testimony Describes Suicide Mission To Vent Unit 1

Kyodo News is running a series of articles based on some of the official testimony of Fukushima Daiichi workers. These workers tell important details TEPCO didn’t always disclose along with their personal stories of battling the disaster. Some of the more disturbing and new revelations include efforts to vent unit 1 by workers at the plant on March 12 as the … Read entire article »

Japan Nuclear Evacuation Plans Expose Absurdity Of Restarting Reactors

Japan Nuclear Evacuation Plans Expose Absurdity Of Restarting Reactors

Part of the plan in Japan to attempt to restart reactors including trying to establish evacuation plans based on what was learned from the Fukushima Daiichi disaster. The reality of the cost and difficulty of doing so is coming crashing down around the government plan to restart reactors. Minamata City, near the Sendai nuclear plant can not deal with what is … Read entire article »

NHK Admits Fukushima Daiichi Ejected Fuel After Multiple Studies Document It

NHK Admits Fukushima Daiichi Ejected Fuel After Multiple Studies Document It

A rough translation of the NHK article tells something almost unbelievable to see admitted by the state news agency. “It is a result, in addition to the radioactive cesium, zirconium material of the fuel rods and uranium, and iron of the material of the pressure vessel, material that matches the structure of the nuclear reactor and nuclear fuel has been detected.” NHK … Read entire article »

SimplyInfo.org Fukushima & Nuclear News Roundup; Aug 10, 2014

SimplyInfo.org Fukushima & Nuclear News Roundup; Aug 10, 2014

Japan’s central government to offer 300 billion yen over 30 years for towns near Fukushima Daiichi to host nuclear debris dumps http://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2014/08/306069.html Taiwan will shut down construction & operation of their new nuclear plant for 3 years to allow time for a public referendum that could permanently shut down the plant. http://www.straitstimes.com/news/asia/east-asia/story/taiwan-shut-down-nearly-completed-nuclear-plant-after-public-protests-2014 Nuclear bomb travelling across the UK suffer 70 safety lapses http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/environment/nuclear-bomb-convoys-travelling-across-the-uk-suffer-70-safety-lapses.24939186 Japan Subculture Research … Read entire article »

Fukushima Contaminated Water Problems Worsen

Fukushima Contaminated Water Problems Worsen

TEPCO announced this week that they wanted to begin pumping up water from the sub drains near the reactor buildings. This comes as they were also admitting the efforts to freeze the trench were not going well. TEPCO’s plan would included decontaminating this water before dumping it into the sea. The disaster site has struggled with water decontamination for years and … Read entire article »

US Nuclear Regulators Suppressing Reactor Tsunami Study

A study of the tsunami risk at Diablo Canyon nuclear plant in California has been raising questions about NRC’s honesty and if they are even taking the risks to US nuclear plants seriously. A 2005 report that found multiple scenarios involving tsunami could kick off a major reactor accident. So where is this report? The NRC has suppressed it since 2005. When they did their review of US reactor safety post Fukushima, surely they included that in their determination and public disclosure? Nope. Various watchdog groups found out about the 2005 only after it was mentioned in an email that was caught up in an MSNBC FOIA request. Multiple attempts have been made to obtain this … Read entire article »

Fukushima Unit 3 Reactor Vessel Failure Preceded Explosion

As part of TEPCO’s admission that 100% of the unit 3 core has melted and left the reactor vessel, they included this new information seen in the graph below. The graph shows the times of events related to the melted fuel. TEPCO now estimates the reactor vessel failed just after about 7 am on March 14th. The pedestal line shows a very rapid shift from the reactor vessel to the pedestal. Not the gradual transition seen between the core and the lower plenum. It also shows between about 6 am on March 14th and 1 pm on March 14th that the molten fuel mass significantly migrated from the pedestal to the drywell of the containment … Read entire article »

Hiroshima & Nagasaki 69th Anniversaries

Yesterday was the 69th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing, the Nagasaki bombing took place on August 9th. Each year many events take place in these cities to remind the world of the tragedy of these events and to push for peace and a nuclear free world. While the US over time has done much to try to sanitize the history of these events, it was highly criticized at the time. The US suppressed much of the information about the aftermath for years with some of the images and film not being seen until the 1970′s. Soon after the bombings there was considerable criticism in the US calling it barbaric, not needed and criminal. This criticism came … Read entire article »

TEPCO Admits Unit 3 Had Total Melt Through

TEPCO Admits Unit 3 Had Total Melt Through

TEPCO has admitted that the fuel at unit 3 had a complete melt through. This is where 100% of the fuel melts and drops into the containment vessel. TEPCO previously estimated 60% of the fuel melted through. They now claim that the HPCI (cooling system) ceased working at 5:30 am March 13, 5 hours earlier than the previous estimate. This … Read entire article »

Fukushima Unit 2 Torus Room Inspection

Fukushima Unit 2 Torus Room Inspection

Hitachi GE conducted robot investigations into unit 2′s torus room on July 17th. The main focus of the work was to look at the pipe penetrations between the torus room wall and the turbine building. The swimming and also the crawling robots did the work together. It was noted that the layer of debris and sediment in the bottom of … Read entire article »

SimplyInfo.Org; Fukushima & Nuclear News Roundup 8.3.2014

Gov’t raises max allowable ambient radiation level in nuclear disaster cleanup zones http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20140731p2a00m0na022000c.html TEPCO is now dumping 15 tons of ice per day into the trench at unit 2 to try to get the frozen wall to work. http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20140730_29.html The disaster compensation office has come under fire for ignoring opinions of evacuees doctors when considering compensation for disaster related health problems. http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20140721p2a00m0na010000c.html Court rules against Barnwell nuclear waste dump http://www.thestate.com/2014/07/30/3592960/court-rules-against-barnwell-nuclear.html?sp=/99/132/ Hokkaido Electric applies for additional 17% rate hike http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/07/31/business/corporate-business/hokkaido-electric-applies-for-additional-17-rate-hike/#.U9pn2fldUrk Public demands the truth about Fukushima accident http://ajw.asahi.com/article/views/editorial/AJ201408010021 Fukushima farm ships 1st produce cultivated in evacuation zone http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/life_and_death/AJ201408010041 NAGASAKI PEACE SYMPOSIUM: Panelists urge Japan to break away from U.S. nuclear umbrella http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/social_affairs/AJ201408020049 This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content … Read entire article »

TEPCO Outlines Plan To Remove Damaged Fuel At Unit 4

TEPCO Outlines Plan To Remove Damaged Fuel At Unit 4

TEPCO released a short handout this week that explains their plan for removing the damaged fuel at unit 4. One assembly is considerably bent, both the body of the assembly and the lifting handle are damaged. TEPCO cites this as being from a work error before the disaster. Two additional assemblies have known leaks. TEPCO plans to remove the damaged assembly using … Read entire article »

TEPCO Claims ALPS Decontamination System To Be Operational By End Of Year

TEPCO Claims ALPS Decontamination System To Be Operational By End Of Year

TEPCO hopes to have two new installations of ALPS completed in September and October of this year. The company is also now claiming that the current system has been able to remove considerable amounts of additional types of radiation down to below regulatory limits, though amounts of these isotopes still exist in the water. The water would also still contain … Read entire article »

TEPCO Finally Repairs Unit 5 Spent Fuel Pool Cooling

TEPCO Finally Repairs Unit 5 Spent Fuel Pool Cooling

After weeks of unit 5 not having an operational spent fuel pool cooling system, TEPCO has finally replaced the leaking valve. The valve interior showed considerable corrosion that lead to the leak. TEPCO failed to explain why it took them so long to repair the system. While the repair was delayed the spent fuel pool and reactor vessel that still … Read entire article »

3 TEPCO Executives To Stand Trial For Fukushima Disaster

3 TEPCO Executives To Stand Trial For Fukushima Disaster

A citizen inquest panel has determined that 3 TEPCO executives and possibly a 4th should stand trial for their decision to not take steps to protect the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant from tsunamis. The company had known about the risk for years and had taken action to prevent regulators from requiring them to make changes at the plant. The prosecution declined … Read entire article »

Last Hiroshima Bomb Crewman Dies

Theodore Van Kirk died the 29th in a retirement home in the US at age 93. He was the last of the crew of the Enola Gay that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. In a 2005 interview Van Kirk advocated for abolishing nuclear weapons. Another of the crew appeared in a TV episode of This Is Your Life in the 1950′s that featured a doctor known to have helped many of the victims of the Hiroshima bombing. A number of the women the doctor helped also appeared on the episode in what is probably one of the most surreal moments in TV. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_58byuLBu0   This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research … Read entire article »

Briefcases Full Of Cash For Japan’s Pro Nuclear Politicians

Briefcases Full Of Cash For Japan’s Pro Nuclear Politicians

A former Kansai Electric (KEPCO) executive came forward to admit the nuclear company had been giving huge amounts of secret cash to prime ministers and other government officials. Prime ministers had been receiving about 20 million yen a year for about 18 years while he was involved. The secret money was delivered as cash to the government officials. This was … Read entire article »

SimplyInfo.org WIPP Update; July 28, 2014

The Albuquerque Journal discovered that the contractor for WIPP received a 1.9 million dollar performance bonus… after the WIPP fire in February. This raises serious questions about the contractor system and oversight. If such a laundry list of now discovered failures and two major incidents, including a release to the environment would still qualify a contractor for a performance bonus.  In March the DOE inspector general cited systemic problems with the contractor system. A report from Los Alamos on the barrel explosion at WIPP cites an unusual possible event. Page 10 cites a “green burst” as a possible event under broader issues but fails to explain what the “green burst” might be or the potential of … Read entire article »

US New Nuclear Running Into Systemic Failures

US New Nuclear Running Into Systemic Failures

The US department of Energy has granted billions in guarantees to get these projects off the ground. The promised efficiency and quality from making components offsite hasn’t happened. A new Associated Press report shows they may even be worse than the cost and quality of building plants on site. Since these factors were reasoned by the nuclear industry for why … Read entire article »