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A technician scanning for radiation in Fukushima Prefecture

Don’t expect coverage of Japan's nuclear power disaster on the evening news: unlike other environmental catastrophes, Fukushima’s ongoing crisis offers little to film.

Nuclear transportation

A conversation about a new documentary, its provocative claims—and the facts it leaves out.

Rocky Flats

The legacy of Colorado’s notorious nuclear plant is radioactive waste in a residential community—and public distrust of government.

After the Fukushima disaster, a new generation has drawn inspiration from the Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street.

Fukushima response

No matter how appalling the catastrophe, the nuclear industry will insist on the safety of nuclear power.

Vermont Yankee power plant

Should states or the rubber-stamp NRC decide whether nuclear plants continue to operate?

The response by the Japanese people to the quake fills the author with pride—and great concern.

For those who grew up in Fukushima, the disaster didn't just destroy their home town, it stole their childhood memories.

The spent-fuel pools at our reactors, containing thousands of tons of poorly protected but highly radioactive waste, are a catastrophe waiting to happen.

Blogs

Plagued by poor infrastructure, climate denialism, unregulated fracking wells and nuclear waste sites, the United States is poised to topple itself with self-inflicted wounds.

April 8, 2014

Why are so few talking about the radiation threat soaring the Pacific?

November 15, 2013

What it means, as symbol and reality, then and now.

July 26, 2013

Twenty-six years after the Chernobyl disaster, the US media have yet to print the pictures of Chernobyl now.

April 26, 2012

A contentious House hearing Wednesday featured direct calls for the resignation of NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko. 

December 14, 2011

Bureaucratic battles reveal the nuclear industry has many friends at the agency which regulates it.  

December 12, 2011

Christian Parenti and MSNBC's Martin Bashir discuss whether or not the US is prepared for future earthquakes.

August 25, 2011

Survivors of the first nuclear tragedies are now campaigning not only against nuclear weapons, but now also against the dangers of nuclear power.

August 9, 2011

In Japan, fears about nuclear fallout have only been getting worse as disaster cleanup crews struggle with radioactive water leaking out of the Fukushima plant.

March 30, 2011

Joining Charlie Rose, Schell explains that nuclear power has no place in a world so vulnerable to widespread disaster.

March 18, 2011