Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Due to circumstances beyond my control, I listened to Fresh Air this morning instead of Rachel Maddow. Once again, fate reaches out with her lovely fingers.
One Year Later, 'Inside Japan's Nuclear Meltdown'
”In the days after a tsunami crippled Japan's Fukushima power plant almost one year ago, a small group of engineers, soldiers and firemen risked their own lives to prevent a complete nuclear meltdown.
Investigative reporter Dan Edge wanted to find out what it was like for the workers who were inside the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant when the crisis began. His new “Frontline” documentary chronicles what happened to those plant engineers, as well as what happened to the small corps of workers who entered the power plant in the days after the disaster.”
I haven’t had a chance to watch the documentary but I fully intend to. I have a busy day ahead of me so listen if you like, and I’m sure NPR will direct you towards the documentary if you happen to be on your day off and have the time to watch it.
But just a quick note before I go. Georgia (actually The Southern Company) has decide to build two new nuclear plants at Vogtle.
NRC approves construction of new nuclear power reactors in Georgia
”The commission voted 4-1 in favor, with NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko casting the sole vote against granting the license. Jaczko said later that he wanted binding assurances that the new reactors would be modified to meet recommendations made by the agency’s task force on the disaster at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant last year.”
If you listen to the NPR story, be sure to note the details of the spent fuel rods and keep in mind that Atlanta is right at 250km from Vogtle. Charleston, SC is 200km and Charlotte, NC is 300km from Vogtle -- downwind.
Have a nice day.
February 29, 2012