Nuclear Accidents

In Russia This Week, a Radioactive Plume That’s Clouded in Secrecy

In Russia This Week, a Radioactive Plume That’s Clouded in Secrecy

Now, evidence is emerging of a potentially new nuclear accident and indications point once again to Mayak as one of the likely culprits. Ironically, if there was indeed an accident there, it happened on or around the precise anniversary of the 1957 disaster. The Research Institute of Atomic Reactors in Dimitrovgrad in the region is another possible suspect.

Are Nuclear Disasters Really Accidents?

Are Nuclear Disasters Really Accidents?

Sandra | From Three Mile Island and Chernobyl to the more recent problems in Fukushima, it would seem nuclear power is not fully under our control. While this makes nuclear no different than any other power source, one thing separates it: the consequences of failing to control nuclear power are generally disastrous.

The Device Assembly Facility at the Nevada Test Site, where the Godiva device is housed. NNSS.gov

More than 30 US nuclear experts inhale uranium: think-tank exposes series of mishaps in Nevada

Nuclear Negligence examines safety weaknesses at U.S. nuclear weapon sites operated by corporate contractors. The Center for Public Integrity’s 4-part probe, based on contractor and government reports and officials involved in bomb-related work, revealed unpublicized accidents at nuclear weapons facilities, including some that caused avoidable radiation exposures. It also discovered that the penalties imposed by the government for these errors were typically small, relative to the tens of millions of dollars the NNSA gives to each of the contractors annually in pure profit.

Hanford Tunnel Collapse and the Future of the Nuclear Industry

Hanford Tunnel Collapse and the Future of the Nuclear Industry

Harvey Wasserman | The collapse of a tunnel at the massive nuclear waste dump at Hanford, Washington, 200 miles east of Seattle, has sent shock waves through a nuclear power industry already in the process of a global collapse.