RICHLAND, Wash. -- A new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists says the Northwestâ€™s only commercial nuclear power plant reported three safety problems in 2013. Officials at the plant say the problems have been fixed.
Pete Knutson and his son Dylan sell wild salmon at farmers markets around Seattle. "We had people passing on our fish this year. It was directly because they were worried about Fukushima," Pete Knutson said.
Following the 2011 tsunami in Japan, a nuclear reactor released hundreds of millions of gallons of radioactive water into the ocean. That sparked fear that contaminated water would reach the West Coast, but three years later, scientists say that radiation in our waters isnâ€™t necessarily linked to the nuclear reactor.Â
Marcie Sillman interviews Kenneth Pollack, senior fellow at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brooking Institute, about the status of a deal to curb Iran's nuclear program between the US, Great Britain, France, Russia, China, Germany and Iran.
Originally published on Fri October 11, 2013 11:56 am
Washington officials say theyâ€™re disappointed but not surprised by news that the federal government likely will miss several more cleanup deadlines at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.Â
At Hanford, radioactive sludge stews in aging underground tanks not far from the Columbia River. A 1989 agreement created the timeline for treating that caustic gunk. But the task has proven extremely difficult: A waste treatment plant has been plagued byÂ whistleblowers, critical federal investigations, cost overruns and delays.
During The Cold War American military leaders and average citizens were sometimes kept awake at night worrying about a possible nuclear strike by the Soviet Union. US foreign policy continues to focus on nuclear programs in other countries like North Korea and Iran but Eric Schlosser says the nuclear threat is also here at home. David Hyde talks with the author of "Fast Food Nation" about his new book, "Command and Control."
Japanese officials are still battling radioactive groundwater that is leaking as a result of the Fukushima Nuclear plant meltdown triggered by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
The latest effort to block contaminated water from leaking into the Pacific Ocean is a $470 million ice wall. How do you build an ice wall and how does it work? Larry Applegate, the president of Seattle-based firm SoilFreeze, a company that Â creates frozen walls and tunnels, explains the technology to Marcie Sillman.
Originally published on Tue August 13, 2013 4:56 pm
Washingtonâ€™s state Attorney General is praising an appeals court decision on a nuclear waste repository in Nevada. The ruling requires the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to get the licensing process back on track for Yucca Mountain.
The state of Washington wants Yucca Mountain to be the permanent waste repository for radioactive waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. But President Obama buried the project because of opposition from Nevadaâ€™s political leaders.
Federal regulators say the Northwestâ€™s only commercial nuclear power plant is now back on course after an 11-year safety miscalculation. The new designation means the Columbia Generating Station in southeast Washington gets a more relaxed inspection and oversight status.
Between 2000 and 2011, workers at the nuclear plant used faulty estimates for how much radiation could escape during a crisis. That mistake and others were found in an inspection just last year.