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Radioactive Waste and Contamination

Radioactive Waste and Contamination news and analysis from The Nation

  • March 15, 2011

    From Hiroshima to Fukushima

    The problem with mankind wielding nuclear power isn’t about backup generators or safety rules—it’s our essential human fallibility.

    Jonathan Schell

  • March 15, 2011

    Fukushima’s Spent Fuel Rods Pose Grave Danger

    Even if reactor containment vessels hold, pools of spent fuel rods could combust and release clouds of radioactive cesium into the air—a calamity that could happen at US nuclear plants as well.

    Christian Parenti

  • June 22, 2010

    What a Spare $1 Million Can Buy

    BP's CEO "got his life back" by going yachting, and the rest of the world's millionaires are doing OK, too. But one Gulf fisherman would rather have something else than money.

    Laura Flanders

  • November 19, 2009

    Zombie Nuke Plants

    Our crumbling atomic power stations and the government agency that loves them.

    Christian Parenti

  • March 27, 2009

    Three Mile Island, the NRC and Obama

    Thirty years after the Three Mile Island partial meltdown, the real nuclear power threat is the relicensing of old plants.

    Christian Parenti


  • March 18, 2004

    Three Mile Island

    On the morning of September 11, 2001, after the second plane hit the World Trade Center and it was clear that the nation was under attack, US authorities issued an emergency alert, grounding air

    Mark Hertsgaard

  • July 31, 2003

    The Legacy of Hanford

    Washington continues to evade responsibility for forty-seven years of contamination.

    Robert Alvarez

  • July 2, 2003

    The Enemy Within

    Snoozing guards at Los Alamos, missing vials of plutonium oxide... Yes, the headlines in late June were announcing "security lapses" again at national labs and nuclear weapons plants.

    Alexander Cockburn

  • February 10, 2000

    The Plutonium Files

    Eileen Welsome, a mild-mannered 48-year-old reporter laboring away in obscurity for a tiny afternoon newspaper in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is no one's idea of a media Bigfoot.

    Eric Alterman