Reflections on the Hiroshima Anniversary

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Hiroshima Peace Memorial
Hiroshima Peace Memorial

Today marks the 69th year since the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.  The wisdom of the bombing will likely be debated for centuries to come.  This yearʻs commemorative ceremony will be attended by US Ambassador Caroline Kennedy, according to The Japan Times.

 

DoomsdayClock_black_5mins_regmarkHow likely is such a horrific event to occur again, for whatever reason?   I occasionally check the “Doomsday Clock” created by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists.  It is still standing at 5 minutes to midnight.  … Continue Reading →

Fukushima Daiichi Shadow Reveals Light in Quests for Safety and Transparency

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The National Academies of Sciences report on Fukushima, mandated by the US Congress, was released recently.  The focus of this report is on lessons learned that can improve safety at U.S. nuclear power plants. Among many recommendations  is one that the NRC and the U.S. nuclear industry must continuously monitor and maintain a strong safety culture and should examine opportunities to increase the transparency of and communication about their efforts to assess and improve nuclear safety.

Also addressed was the … Continue Reading →