March 21, 2011

Webcast: Briefing on NRC Response to Recent Nuclear Events in Japan

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission will be briefed by its staff on the NRC’s response to the ongoing nuclear event in Japan in a public meeting on March 21, 9-11 a.m. at NRC HQ in Rockville, Md. The event will be webcast.

Topics on the Beat: 

Nuke Meltdown: Over-Control of Information and Media Hysteria

"Two outlets today nailed issues raised by the behavior of Japan’s government leaders and the utility company whose Fukushima Deiichi power station is suffering multiple losses of control and breached containment, and the behavior of many and perhaps most media in trying to tell the story, warn the public, and stay within the bounds of reason."

"Frantic Repairs Go On At Plant As Japan Raises Severity Of Crisis"

"Japanese engineers battled on Friday to cool spent fuel rods and restore electric power to pumps at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station as new challenges seemed to accumulate by the hour, with steam billowing from one reactor and damage at another apparently making it difficult to lower temperatures."

Source: NY Times, 03/18/2011

"House Panel Questions Nuclear Regulatory and Energy Chiefs"

"The House Energy and Commerce committee [took] testimony on Wednesday from two witnesses who are suddenly much more prominent because of events in Japan: Steven Chu, the secretary of energy, the chief administration official addressing the crisis involving the Japanese reactors, and Gregory B. Jaczko, the chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which has sent personnel to Japan and is charged with preventing accidents here in the United States."

Source: NY Times, 03/17/2011

"High Radiation Severely Hinders Emergency Work to Cool Japanese Plant"

"Amid widening alarm in the United States and elsewhere about Japan’s nuclear crisis, military fire trucks began spraying cooling water on spent fuel rods at the country’s stricken nuclear power station on Thursday, but later suspended the operation, the NHK broadcaster said."

Source: NY Times, 03/17/2011


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