WBEZ | nuclear reactors http://www.wbez.org/tags/nuclear-reactors 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 African nations pursue nuclear energy, but many are not ready http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-01/african-nations-pursue-nuclear-energy-many-are-not-ready-84604 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-April/2011-04-01/Koebergnps.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Because of the growing crisis at Japan’s Fukushima power plant, we’ve spent the past week discussing nuclear energy around the globe.&nbsp; Today we conclude with a look at Africa. Many African nations have long struggled to find reliable energy sources. Recently, nuclear power has emerged as a popular solution.&nbsp; At least 10 African countries plan to build their own nuclear power plants, but many lack the technical know-how, financial resources or reliable security to make it work.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.uga.edu/cits/About/Staff/khripunov_igor.html">Igor Khripunov</a> is a Distinguished Fellow at the Center for International Trade and Security at the University of Georgia. He’s written about nuclear power in Africa. And we began by talking about the one African nation that’s had some success with nuclear energy…South Africa.</p></p> Fri, 01 Apr 2011 16:17:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-01/african-nations-pursue-nuclear-energy-many-are-not-ready-84604