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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Nevada Fights the Latest Attempt to Give It the Nation’s Nuclear Waste - The Atlantic

Nevada Fights the Latest Attempt to Give It the Nation’s Nuclear Waste - The Atlantic

Nevada officials in D.C. restate opposition to nuclear dump | NevadaAppeal.com

Nevada officials in D.C. restate opposition to nuclear dump | NevadaAppeal.com

YUCCA MOUNTAIN: DOE contractor staffs up to restart project licensing -- Thursday, April 27, 2017 -- www.eenews.net

YUCCA MOUNTAIN: DOE contractor staffs up to restart project licensing -- Thursday, April 27, 2017 -- www.eenews.net

Nuclear commission won't reopen Fermi 2 licensing case - The Blade

Nuclear commission won't reopen Fermi 2 licensing case - The Blade

Nuclear Regulatory Commission gives Vogtle violation for radiation detection problems | The Augusta Chronicle

Nuclear Regulatory Commission gives Vogtle violation for radiation detection problems | The Augusta Chronicle

DOE EM Update April 27, 2017

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Nuclear power expansion for DTE in Michigan is long-range strategy option - Crain's Detroit Business

Nuclear power expansion for DTE in Michigan is long-range strategy option - Crain's Detroit Business

Grid operator urges cooperation if states want to preserve nuclear plants

Grid operator urges cooperation if states want to preserve nuclear plants

Most U.S. Nuclear Power Plants Were Built Between 1970 and 1990

 Most U.S. Nuclear Power Plants Were Built Between 1970 and 1990
http://www.theenergycollective.com/todayinenergy/2403209/u-s-nuclear-power-plants-built-1970-1990

The Energy Collective Daily: The Clean-Energy Transition is Powering the U.S. Economty

The Clean-Energy Transition is Powering the U.S. Economy | The Energy Collective Daily

Link to The Energy Collective

Bulletin of Atomic Scientists Nuclear Roundup April 27, 2017


Nuclear Roundup
April 27, 2017
A compilation of quality nuclear policy news published on the Web, around the world.

Iran Nuclear Deal

Tangled in Obama’s Iran nuclear trap

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/apr/26/obama-iran-nuclear-deal-showing-little-effectivene/

What the North Korea crisis says about the Iranian nuclear deal

http://www.timesofisrael.com/what-the-north-korea-crisis-says-about-the-iranian-nuclear-deal/

Scuttle the Iran Nuke Deal? That Approach Didn’t Stop North Korea

http://www.defenseone.com/ideas/2017/04/trump-may-scuttle-iran-deal-us-already-tried-north-korea/137360/?oref=defenseone_today_nl

United States

Two to Tango with Nuclear Weapons

https://www.usnews.com/opinion/articles/2017-04-26/the-president-shouldnt-have-sole-authority-over-nuclear-weapons

Here's what it looks like when the US fires a nuclear weapon

http://www.businessinsider.com/us-icbm-minuteman-iii-launch-test-2017-4

The Biggest Nuclear Threat To America? It’s Ourselves.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/the-biggest-nuclear-threat-to-america_us_5900e1ade4b0768c2682e230

Dramatic nuclear attack drills staged near Manhattan as US-North Korea tensions escalate

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/new-york-nuclear-attack-drills-manhattan-north-korea-bomb-threat-trump-a7704516.html

U.S. AIR FORCE TESTS WEST COAST NUCLEAR DETERRENT AS NAVY NEARS NORTH KOREA

http://www.newsweek.com/us-air-force-tests-west-coast-nuclear-navy-north-korea-590522

White House Says Will Push North Korea To Abandon Nuclear Arms

https://www.rferl.org/a/russia-china-slam-us-missile-defense-south-korea/28452774.html

State law prevents nuclear attack evacuation plan

http://www.kgw.com/news/local/state-law-prevents-nuclear-attack-evacuation-plan/434534117

TVA eliminating handguns from nuclear security officers

http://www.wrcbtv.com/story/35243932/tva-eliminating-handguns-from-nuclear-security-officers

Improvement for uranium storage increases safety, efficiency

https://nnsa.energy.gov/blog/improvement-uranium-storage-increases-safety-efficiency

Preventing nuclear terrorism through global nuclear material removals

https://nnsa.energy.gov/blog/preventing-nuclear-terrorism-through-global-nuclear-material-removals

Belfer Spotlight: Laura Holgate

http://www.belfercenter.org/publication/spotlight-laura-holgate

International

South Asia is not the most dangerous place on Earth

http://thebulletin.org/south-asia-not-most-dangerous-place-earth10720

Nuclear tests will 'never stop,' North Korean government official says

http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/26/asia/north-korea-official-nuclear/

Why North Korea’s nuclear threat must be taken more seriously than ever

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/why-north-koreas-nuclear-threat-must-be-taken-more_us_5901e1c2e4b00acb75f18506

A Paradigm Shift in North Korea’s Ballistic Missile Development

http://38north.org/2017/04/ychang042517/

Anti-missile system in South Korea operational in 'coming days'

http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/26/politics/thaad-missile-system-north-korea/

North Korea youth league warns it will wipe out US with five million nuclear weapons if threatened

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/north-korea-youth-league-nuclear-weapons-bombs-threaten-pyongyang-kim-jong-un-a7704721.html

A look at North Korea's evolving brinkmanship

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/04/27/look-at-north-korea-evolving-brinkmanship.html

How North Korea nuke crisis affects Israel

http://al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/04/israel-trump-syria-north-korea-iran-new-axis-nuke-crisis.html

Poland backs India's bid for NSG membership, UNSC seat

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/poland-backs-indias-bid-for-nsg-membership-unsc-seat/articleshow/58401386.cms

South Asia’s escalating nuclear rivalry

https://tribune.com.pk/story/1393450/south-asias-escalating-nuclear-rivalry/

Belarus march against nuclear power on Chernobyl anniversary

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/04/26/belarus-march-against-nuclear-power-on-chernobyl-anniversary.html

It was 31 years ago today: Chernobyl

http://thebulletin.org/it-was-31-years-ago-today-chernobyl10717



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Poland Mulls Nuclear Power As Compromise for Keeping Coal Plants - Transitions Online

Poland Mulls Nuclear Power As Compromise for Keeping Coal Plants - Transitions Online

Lawmakers mull support for nuclear industry | StateImpact Pennsylvania

Lawmakers mull support for nuclear industry | StateImpact Pennsylvania

How world sees SA: Nuclear power plan defeat just a temporary set-back for Zupta - BizNews.com

How world sees SA: Nuclear power plan defeat just a temporary set-back for Zupta - BizNews.com

Future of Westinghouse may hinge on fate of its new Shanghai reactor | The Japan Times

Future of Westinghouse may hinge on fate of its new Shanghai reactor | The Japan Times

China had 20 nuclear reactors under construction at end-March - nuclear association - The Economic Times

China had 20 nuclear reactors under construction at end-March - nuclear association - The Economic Times

Fukushima Update – 4/27/17

Fukushima Update – 4/27/17

Residents where restrictions have been lifted are slowly returning home… Kansai Electric plans to restart Takahama units #3&4 beginning in May… Saga’s governor approves restarts for Genkai #3 & #4…  Voluntary evacuees say they face diminishing public support and increased scorn from their hometown communities… 2/3 of the voluntary evacuees living in Fukushima Prefecture say they intend to return home… Tepco announced that muon scanning of the unit #3 reactor vessel will begin in May… and lots more.

http://www.hiroshimasyndrome.com/fukushima-accident-updates.html

What’s the Best Way for Trump to Persuade China to Up the Pressure on North Korea?


What’s the Best Way for Trump to Persuade China to Up the Pressure on North Korea? - See more at: http://www.chinafile.com/conversation/whats-best-way-trump-persuade-china-pressure-north-korea#comment-4631

http://www.chinafile.com/conversation/whats-best-way-trump-persuade-china-pressure-north-korea#comment-4631

The Crash of Cassini and the Nuclearization of Space

The Crash of Cassini and the Nuclearization of Space



http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/04/27/the-crash-of-cassini-and-the-nuclearization-of-space/

This Chinese Nuclear Plant's Success Is Critical to Westinghouse's Future - Bloomberg

This Chinese Nuclear Plant's Success Is Critical to Westinghouse's Future - Bloomberg

Tim Echols to Trump & Co.: Federal help may be needed for Plant Vogtle | Political Insider blog

Tim Echols to Trump & Co.: Federal help may be needed for Plant Vogtle | Political Insider blog

This Advance Brings Us a Lot Closer to a "Hydrogen Economy" - Scientific American

This Advance Brings Us a Lot Closer to a "Hydrogen Economy" - Scientific American

Diplomacy with North Korea: A Real Benchmark for President Trump’s 100 Days

Diplomacy with North Korea: A Real Benchmark for President Trump’s 100 Days

These Nuclear Breakthroughs Are Endangering the World

These Nuclear Breakthroughs Are Endangering the World

Experts: Japan “wants to just drop tanks” of Fukushima nuclear waste into ocean — Americans worried over plumes hitting West Coast — “Reactors are now leaking really high levels of radiation into sea… The world does need to help” — Official says Japan lying about catastrophe (VIDEO) « ENENews.com – Energy News

Experts: Japan “wants to just drop tanks” of Fukushima nuclear waste into ocean — Americans worried over plumes hitting West Coast — “Reactors are now leaking really high levels of radiation into sea… The world does need to help” — Official says Japan lying about catastrophe (VIDEO) « ENENews.com – Energy News

Uranium-Molybdenum Nuclear Fuel Does Well In U.S. Lab - News - Nuclear Power News - Nuclear Street - Nuclear Power Plant News, Jobs, and Careers

Uranium-Molybdenum Nuclear Fuel Does Well In U.S. Lab - News - Nuclear Power News - Nuclear Street - Nuclear Power Plant News, Jobs, and Careers

Apple to Purchase Power From Multiple Renewable Projects in Oregon - Power Engineering

Apple to Purchase Power From Multiple Renewable Projects in Oregon - Power Engineering

Toshiba To Create Four Subsidiaries - News - Nuclear Power News - Nuclear Street - Nuclear Power Plant News, Jobs, and Careers

Toshiba To Create Four Subsidiaries - News - Nuclear Power News - Nuclear Street - Nuclear Power Plant News, Jobs, and Careers

Chernobyl: Five Fast Facts | ANS Nuclear Cafe

Chernobyl: Five Fast Facts | ANS Nuclear Cafe

Power companies must bear heavier responsibility for nuclear plant safety - The Japan News

Power companies must bear heavier responsibility for nuclear plant safety - The Japan News

IAEA: Experts Make Recommendations to IAEA on Sustainable and Safe Operation of Research Reactors

Experts Make Recommendations to IAEA on Sustainable and Safe Operation of Research Reactors

Alatau Research Reactor
The Alatau research reactor, Kazakhstan. (Photo: P. Chakrov/Institute of Nuclear Physics)
The IAEA is playing an important role in supporting the sustainable and safe operation of research reactors, and should continue to assist countries embarking on new research reactor projects and facilitating access to facilities for countries that do not have research reactors themselves, a group of experts concluded at a recent Technical Working Group on Research Reactors meeting in Vienna.
Aging management and effective utilization are major challenges for operators of research reactors – nuclear reactors are used not to generate power, but to produce neutrons to support research, education and training. Research reactors are also used in the production of radioisotopes for medicine and industry.
The Technical Working Group, made up of 20 technical experts, regulators and senior managers from countries with operating research reactors, meets every year to provide advice and recommendations to the IAEA on how to help countries optimize the operation of the 250 research reactors operational in 55 countries around the world.
“Maintaining a high level of safety is essential to ensure effective utilization of research reactors to maximize their benefits to the society”, said Amgad Shokr, Head of the IAEA Research Reactor Safety Section. “Member States continue to improve the safety of their research reactors but challenges remain, particularly in relation to regulatory effectiveness and ageing of facilities. Rigorous application of the IAEA safety standards will help address these issues.”
Many research reactors have been operating for decades, thus managing their aging is an issue of paramount importance. “Around half of the operating research reactors are over 40 years old, therefore modernization of these facilities is an issue of central concern to ensure they can continue to perform in a safe and efficient manner,” said Sean O’Kelly, Associate Lab Director of Advanced Test Reactor Complex at the Idaho National Laboratory, and the Chairman of the Technical Working Group on Research Reactors.
Providing access to all
Many developing countries are increasingly interested in gaining access to research reactors for scientific and research purposes.
“The IAEA is committed to support those countries that don’t have research reactors to gain access to them or to build a domestic one,” said Andrea Borio di Tigliole, Head of the Research Reactor Section at the IAEA.
Some are considering the construction of a domestic research reactor while others are considering accessing research reactors abroad. “There are existing research reactors that can accommodate more users and these facilities can be made available to countries that don’t have one,” O’Kelly said.
The Agency has launched several initiatives to support capacity building of future experts from Member States without a research reactor. These include the International Centre based on Research Reactor (ICERR) scheme, with currently designated centres in France and in the Russian Federation, the Internet Reactor Laboratory (IRL) programme, and several hands-on training schools conducted at research reactors.
The members of working group come from the following countries: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, China, France, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Morocco, the Russian Federation and the United States.
Mikhail Chudakov, IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Nuclear Energy (second left) addressing the participants of the Technical Working Group on Research Reactors meeting in Vienna. (Photo: A. Evrensel/IAEA)

France, UK join forces in nuclear skills

France, UK join forces in nuclear skills

Russia speeds up manufacture of icebreaker reactor

Russia speeds up manufacture of icebreaker reactor

Canada will make dozens of small modular nuclear reactors | NextBigFuture.com

Canada will make dozens of small modular nuclear reactors | NextBigFuture.com

Hearing for FPL Radioactive Waste Plan in Miami Set for May 2 | Miami New Times

Hearing for FPL Radioactive Waste Plan in Miami Set for May 2 | Miami New Times

The Breakthrough Institute - Commercial Spaceflight



Commercial Spaceflight



Case Study No. 1 in How to Make Nuclear Innovative



The Breakthrough Institute - Commercial Spaceflight

https://thebreakthrough.org/index.php/issues/nuclear/commercial-spaceflight

Ukraine marks 31st anniversary of Chernobyl nuclear disaster

Ukraine marks 31st anniversary of Chernobyl nuclear disaster

Nuclear News Roundup Apr 26, 2017 | Nucleotidings

Nuclear News Roundup Apr 26, 2017 | Nucleotidings

Nuclear Reactors 275 - Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute Developes New Uranium Molybdenum Fuel For Test Reactors | Nucleotidings

Nuclear Reactors 275 - Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute Developes New Uranium Molybdenum Fuel For Test Reactors | Nucleotidings

Game changing 3D printers for low cost metal parts | NextBigFuture.com

Game changing 3D printers for low cost metal parts | NextBigFuture.com

US Makers and 3D printers are massively inferior to China's manufacturing hubs | NextBigFuture.com

US Makers and 3D printers are massively inferior to China's manufacturing hubs | NextBigFuture.com

Court deals setback to South Africa's nuclear ambitions

Court deals setback to South Africa's nuclear ambitions

Roadblocks to Nuclear: Understanding the Electricity Market | ANS Nuclear Cafe

Roadblocks to Nuclear: Understanding the Electricity Market | ANS Nuclear Cafe

Old Nukes Could Be a Problem for New Clean Energy | RealClearEnergy

Old Nukes Could Be a Problem for New Clean Energy | RealClearEnergy

Natural Gas... Can There Be Too Much of a Good Thing? | RealClearEnergy

Natural Gas... Can There Be Too Much of a Good Thing? | RealClearEnergy

Utilities More Confident Than Ever About Renewable Energy Growth | RealClearEnergy

Utilities More Confident Than Ever About Renewable Energy Growth | RealClearEnergy

Energy Revolutions Hidden In Plain Sight: Shale Crushes Solar | RealClearEnergy

Energy Revolutions Hidden In Plain Sight: Shale Crushes Solar | RealClearEnergy

100 Days in, Few Clues about Trump’s Tech Agenda - MIT Technology Review

100 Days in, Few Clues about Trump’s Tech Agenda - MIT Technology Review

Nevada Officials in D.C. Restate Opposition to Yucca Mountain Nuclear Dump

Nevada Officials in D.C. Restate Opposition to Yucca Mountain Nuclear Dump


http://www.ktvn.com/story/35257727/nevada-officials-in-dc-restate-opposition-to-yucca-mountain-nuclear-dump

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

#SubEnvironment Examines Legislation Related to the Nation’s Nuclear Waste Management | Energy and Commerce Committee

#SubEnvironment Examines Legislation Related to the Nation’s Nuclear Waste Management | Energy and Commerce Committee

U.S. commerce secretary eyes more trade moves: WSJ | Reuters

U.S. commerce secretary eyes more trade moves: WSJ | Reuters

Russia And Trump Must Be Partners To Assure Nuclear Security – Analysis – Eurasia Review

Russia And Trump Must Be Partners To Assure Nuclear Security – Analysis – Eurasia Review

Bulletin of Atomic Scientists Nuclear Roundup April 26, 2017



Nuclear Roundup
April 26, 2017
A compilation of quality nuclear policy news published on the Web, around the world.

Iran Nuclear Deal

Trump's Iran nuclear deal review faces a dangerous path

http://www.cnbc.com/2017/04/25/trumps-iran-nuclear-deal-review-faces-a-dangerous-path.html

White House Intervened to Toughen Letter on Iran Nuclear Deal

https://www.wsj.com/articles/white-house-intervened-to-toughen-letter-on-iran-nuclear-deal-1493151632

Iran nuclear deal’s Joint Commission session starts in Vienna

http://en.trend.az/iran/politics/2746396.html

Pettifogging the Iran Nuclear Deal

https://www.cato.org/blog/pettifogging-iran-nuclear-deal

United States

Air Force to test intercontinental missile Wednesday: report

http://thehill.com/policy/defense/air-force/330581-air-force-to-test-nuclear-missile-wednesday-report

The U.S. Will Soon Embark on an Epic Nuclear Arms Modernization

http://www.popularmechanics.com/military/weapons/a26217/nuclear-arms-modernization-perry/

The next Nuclear Posture Review: Bring in State, Energy and allies

http://thebulletin.org/next-nuclear-posture-review-bring-state-energy-and-allies10715

Operation Gotham Shield: Emergency responders from across the region stage nuclear bomb drill

http://pix11.com/2017/04/25/operation-gotham-shield-emergency-responders-from-across-the-region-stage-nuclear-bomb-drill/

How America's Secret Nuke Police Hunted for Dirty Bombs in the 1970s

http://paleofuture.gizmodo.com/how-americas-secret-nuke-police-hunted-for-dirty-bombs-1794628693

Nuclear waste facility receives its first shipment since 2014 accident

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/04/nuclear-waste-facility-receives-its-first-shipment-since-2014-accident/

International

Why hasn't North Korea conducted its sixth nuclear test?

http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/25/asia/north-korea-nuclear-test-timing/

Japan issues guide on how to survive nuclear-missile attack with 10 minutes' notice

http://www.businessinsider.com/japan-guide-on-how-to-survive-nuclear-attack-with-10-minutes-notice-2017-4

Darwin could become launch pad of nuclear war, North Korea warns

https://au.news.yahoo.com/world/a/35164031/darwin-could-become-launch-pad-of-nuclear-war-north-korea-warns/#page1

North Korean Nukes and the Osirak Precedent

https://townhall.com/columnists/austinbay/2017/04/26/north-korean-nukes-and-the-osirak-precedent-n2318247

RUSSIAN SENATOR: U.K. WILL BE 'WIPED OFF THE FACE OF THE EARTH' IF IT USES NUCLEAR WEAPONS

http://www.newsweek.com/russia-nuclear-attack-uk-wipe-nation-face-earth-589794

Russia And Trump Must Be Partners to Assure Nuclear Security – Analysis

http://www.eurasiareview.com/26042017-russia-and-trump-must-be-partners-to-assure-nuclear-security-analysis/

General Interest

What Should You Do in Case of Nuclear Attack? ‘Don’t Run. Get Inside’

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/don-t-run-get-inside-public-need-know-how-respond-n750466

Nukes + Nuttiness = Neanderthal Deterrence

http://www.global.nationalreview.com/article/447013/madmen-nukes-deter-western-actions-north-korea

Fmr SecDef Perry: Have we forgotten the Cold War? Nuclear threat more real than ever.

http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/foreign-policy/330418-have-we-forgotten-the-cold-war-nuclear-threat-more-real

Better Nuclear Power Through Ping Pong

http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/energy/a26081/nuclear-power-ping-pong/



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The Energy Collective Daily: UK Emissions Reduction: Halfway There

UK Emissions Reduction: Halfway There | The Energy Collective Daily

Link to The Energy Collective

Sohn: Concerns pile up at Watts Bar Nuclear Plant | Times Free Press

Sohn: Concerns pile up at Watts Bar Nuclear Plant | Times Free Press

Physics World Chernobyl’s hidden legacy



Chernobyl’s hidden legacy

Historian Kate Brown argues that scientists should re-examine Soviet-era evidence of health effects from low doses of radiation


Physics World
http://live.iop-pp01.agh.sleek.net/physicsworld/reader/#!edition/editions_Nuclear_2017/article/page-19330

Fairewinds on Chernobyl



Today marks the 31st commemoration of the disastrous nuclear meltdown at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, originally located in the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR). The atomic core exploded and then caught fire, burning for 9-days straight and spewing deadly amounts of radiation into the atmosphere over an area covering 58,000 square miles. For those of us living in the United States, that area is larger than the whole State of New York. Now, its radioactive legacy is left to the Ukraine to manage for thousands of years while the world waits for the intense radioactivity to decay away. The USSR official government toll claimed that only 30 people died in the immediate aftermath of the meltdown, but the disasters full impact on the health of the area’s residents is much worse than authorities are willing to admit.
Chernobyl_Child.jpgBELARUS. Novinki Asylum. A young helpless multiple sclerosis victim is carried by an attendant. Photo by Paul Fusco
As many as one million people are projected to die from cancer and other radiation induced illnesses according to Dr. Alexy Yablakov, originally the science advisor to former Russian President/Premier Boris Yeltsin. Dr. Yablakov analyzed existing scientific data to make these projections; see his book entitled Chernobyl: Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment, published by the New York Academy of Sciences. If you would like a copy, please contact us. We can put copies on special order.
Because most forms of cancer take years to develop after exposure to radiation and paired with uncooperative governments hindering scientific research, we may never know the full extent of Chernobyl’s carnage, but we do know that the damage is very high.

USSR physicians reported a spike in women who were pregnant having stillbirths, miscarriages, or giving birth to children with severe birth malformities. Children and adults in the surrounding areas developed a wide array of problems, including and not limited to: high rates of nervous system disorders, respiratory disease, anemia, and endocrine problems. Malformation of the heart muscle has occurred in many children living near the Chernobyl reactor due to their exposure to radioactive cesium from the meltdown. The heart muscle damage is so visible and so unique that it resulted in the new medical condition named Chernobyl Heart.

Noted Magnum photographer Paul Fusco has created a haunting photo gallery entitled, Chernobyl Legacy, where you can see firsthand the disturbing human cost of Chernobyl. The children of the countries of the Ukraine and the Republic of Belarus have been the most severely impacted of all the former USSR countries by the ongoing Chernobyl radioactivity legacy. As emerging independent countries following the collapse of the USSR, these countries do not have the financial resources for medical care for children and families injured and made ill by the massive amounts of radioactivity released in the Chernobyl debacle. The Ukraine doesn’t even have the funds to feed many children and families uncontaminated food.
Chernobyl_spread.jpg
It is important to remember that not just humans were affected by the intense radiation emanating from Chernobyl. Research done by noted University of South Carolina biologist Dr. Timothy Mousseau and others have made the link between Chernobyl’s radiation and increased tumors, cataracts, and decreased brain size in birds that live within the exclusion zone. All living things, plants and animals, humans included, living in or near the exclusion zone have been negatively impacted in one way or another by the continuously unfolding tragedy of the atomic reactor meltdown at Chernobyl. 
What human, animal, and biological impacts will we see during the coming years from the meltdown of the three Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power reactors in Japan? Will children in Japan develop Fukushima heart or some other unique radiation induced malady? Like the Soviets before them, government officials in Japan are trying to withhold the truth in their ongoing cover-up of the magnitude of the three meltdowns at the Fukushima Dai-ichi atomic power plant.

There have been five nuclear meltdowns during the last 35-years. Yet, with almost 400 reactors currently operating worldwide the atomic power industry only projected 1 meltdown every 2500 years. You can read about Chernobyl, Three Mile Island, And Fukushima Dai-ichi on Fairewinds Energy Educations’ website www.fairewinds.org.