WBEZ | Dave Lochbaum http://www.wbez.org/tags/dave-lochbaum Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en One year after Fukushima, safety upgrades slow to come at U.S. reactors http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-03-07/one-year-after-fukushima-safety-upgrades-slow-come-us-reactors-97052 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2012-March/2012-03-07/AP120228012171.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>On March 11, 2011, a massive earthquake and tsunami struck Japan. This one-two punch resulted in widespread, almost unimaginable, destruction. Some of the lasting images, of course, are of the Fukushima Dai-ichi power plant, where inside, workers were frantically trying to mitigate a nuclear catastrophe. Though the worst possible outcome was avoided, estimates are that it will take decades to clean up all the radioactive debris in the region.</p><p>A year later, some lessons have been learned.&nbsp; According to a new report just released from the Union of Concerned Scientists, the U.S. government’s Nuclear Regulatory Commission could be doing more to ensure that our nuclear reactors – and the 116 million Americans who live within 50 miles of one – are safe.</p><p>The report’s co-author, <a href="http://www.ucsusa.org/news/experts/dave-lochbaum.html" target="_blank">Dave Lochbaum</a>, director of the Nuclear Safety Project at the Union of Concerned Scientists, discusses the vulnerabilities of U.S. nuclear reactors.&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 07 Mar 2012 19:16:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-03-07/one-year-after-fukushima-safety-upgrades-slow-come-us-reactors-97052