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US Warned about Vents Before Japan's Crisis PDF Print E-mail
Japanese Update

Matthew Wald, writing for the New York Times, reports that "Five years before the crucial emergency vents at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant were disabled by an accident they were supposed to help handle, engineers at a reactor in Minnesota warned American regulators about that very problem.  Anthony Sarrack, one of the two engineers, notified staff members at the Nuclear Regulatory Commissionthat the design of venting systems was seriously flawed at his reactor and others in the United States similar to the ones in Japan. He later left the industry in frustration because managers and regulators did not agree."

You can read the full article here.

Japan's Danger Signs for U.S. PDF Print E-mail
Japanese Update

New York Times reporters, Hiroko Tabuchi, Keith Bradsher and Matthew Wald report that "Emergency vents that American officials have said would prevent devastating hydrogen explosions at nuclear plants in the United States were put to the test in Japan — and failed to work, according to experts and officials with the company that operates the crippled Fukushima Daiichi plant."

Read the full article here.

Japan's Prime Minister to Give Up Salary PDF Print E-mail
Japanese Update

CNN's wire staff reports that "Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan said Tuesday that he will give up his salary until the nuclear crisis in the country is over.  He also said he would review the country's energy policy and consider other energy sources like wind and solar power."

Read more about how the nuclear crisis in Japan has begun to change its energy policy here.

U.S. Wants Updated Emergency Plans PDF Print E-mail
Japanese Update

The CNN wire staff reports that "U.S. safety officials Wednesday called for nuclear power plants to lay out their plans for handling "extreme events" like the disaster that struck Japan two months ago.  A bulletin issued by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission gave American utilities until June 10 to confirm that they have the equipment "in place and available" to prevent a catastrophe like the one at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant."

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Low Water Level May Have Caused Rods to Melt PDF Print E-mail
Japanese Update

The CNN Wire Staff reports that "[a] low water level in a reactor building at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan may have exposed fuel rods and caused them to melt, the owner of the facility said Thursday.  Tokyo Electric Power Co. blamed the incident on a faulty gauge that monitors the water level in the pressure vessel in the No. 1 reactor building."

You can read the article here

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