America's Nuclear Nightmare

The United States' nuclear reactors are old, faulty and dangerous — but regulators are ignoring the risks and boosting industry profits. Full Story »

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Posted by: Posted by Jon Mitchell - Apr 27, 2011 - 9:26 AM PDT
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Dwight Rousu
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by Dwight Rousu - Apr. 29, 2011

More hard hitting investigative reporting from the Rolling Stone. Good breadth and depth of coverage.

The problems of safely disposing of nuclear waste have never been solved. Hanford is an example of waste disaster, with miles of waste in open ditches. It has also been alleged that plant owners and operators have never been forced to fund the costs of dismantling nuclear plants at the end of their service life, though I do not have a good source for that.

Key elements of what the NRC chief told Congress were “a baldfaced lie.” More »

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Sirajul Islam
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by Sirajul Islam - Apr. 29, 2011

Yes, I'm with Jeff Goodell that the U.S. 'regulators are ignoring the risks and boosting industry profits.'

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Benjamin Mossbarger
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by Benjamin Mossbarger - Apr. 30, 2011

This is a shocking portrayal of the state of the nuclear power industry in the United States, along with the captured regulatory agency that's supposed to be overseeing it. This article presents a fine example of investigative journalism--it presents a terrifying problem which has been overlooked by the American people with the depth and breadth necessary to serve as a call to action.

Why is it that some of the best investigative journalism in this country is found time and time again in a magazine about rock and roll? Don't get me wrong, I have plenty of respect for Rolling Stone--it's just a little aggravating that we have to rely on a "music" magazine for the type of hard-hitting journalism that our actual news media refuses to provide.

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Bob Herrschaft
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by Bob Herrschaft - Apr. 28, 2011

...among the many articles about nuclear power following the aftermath of tragedy in Japan this one does an excellent job of outlining the NRC's failure to oversee the industry here in the U.S..

The agency has plenty of skilled engineers and scientists at the staff level, but the five commissioners who oversee it often have close ties to the industry they are ... More »

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no name
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by no name - Apr. 28, 2011

His choice of quotes from primary sources, the article title all tend towards fear mongering tactics. At the same time, he presents verifiable evidence from known experts who are concerned.

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Jon Mitchell
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by Jon Mitchell - Apr. 27, 2011
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Randy Morrow
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by Randy Morrow - Apr. 28, 2011

Since the Manhattan Project was created to develop the atomic bomb back in the 1940s, the dream of a nuclear future has been fueled almost entirely by Big Government. ... More »

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Edward MacNabb
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by Edward MacNabb - Apr. 30, 2011

This topic has kind of been beaten by now, but coming from the Rolling Stone and Jeff Goodell, he provides a refreshing article. He shows interest in the topic and has good sources. I would definitely recommend this article.

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The Thomas
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by The Thomas - May. 12, 2011

Poor journalism. Represents an ignorant opinion against Nuclear Power. "In some places, highly radioactive spent fuel is stockpiled in what amounts to swimming pools located beside reactors." This is said as if it is a problem. But it is not a problem. Only someone ignorant of the workings of a nuclear facility would cite this as a problem. A pool of water is a highly efficient radiation shield and coolant for spent fuel rods. Cheap, abundant, effective...where's the problem? A-hole.

A singular lack of context. How much damage has nuclear done, in terms of lives and environmental, in the U.S. in 60 years? How much has coal done in the last year? Answer those two questions and you will spit on this reporter's grave with me.

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