I watched this extraordinarily powerful investigative report by Al Jazeera’s People & Power program last week and failed to post it. When I went back to get the embed coding the vid was gone. Did a bit of searching and found YT Channel World2Awakens captured it before it disappeared. Who knows why AJ removed the vid from YT. I guess one can surmise, but know the reporting done by AJ is outstanding and is a must see.
Danger Zone: Ageing Nuclear Reactors
Following Japan’s nuclear disaster last year there are fears the US may be heading for a nuclear catastrophe of its own.
In March 2011, a devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan caused a meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear power plant.
As tens of thousands of people were evacuated from nearby towns and villages, the world waited anxiously to see whether the radioactive fallout would spread across the country, or even be carried overseas.
Unsurprisingly, in the wake of this incident, the nuclear operations of other countries have come under considerable scrutiny.
One such country is the US where more than 100 similar reactors – some of them in earthquake zones or close to major cities – are now reaching the end of their working lives.”
Their owners want to keep them running, but others – from environmentalists to mainstream politicians – are deeply concerned.
In this investigation for People & Power, Joe Rubin and Serene Fang of the Center for Investigative Reporting examine whether important safety considerations are being taken into account as the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) considers extending the licences of these plants.
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