Fukushima Anniversary: How Climate Change Endangers Nuclear Safety

Posted by Trish Riley, March 9, 2012


WASHINGTON — A year after a 30-foot tsunami ravaged the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan, some scientists say regulators underestimate the threat that climate change poses to nuclear power plants in the U.S.

“There are clear lessons learned from the Fukushima disaster, yet our government allows the risks to remain,” said Jordan Weaver, a scientist with the Natural Resources Defense Council.

“It doesn’t have to take an earthquake and a tsunami to trigger a severe nuclear meltdown. In addition to human error and hostile acts, more common occurrences like hurricanes, tornadoes and flooding — all of which took place around the country last year — could cause the same type of power failure in U.S. plants.”

via Fukushima Anniversary: How Climate Change Endangers Nuclear Safety.

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