Nuclear Aftershocks

January 17, 2012

FRONTLINE travels to three continents to explore the debate about nuclear power: Is it safe? What are the alternatives? And could a Fukushima-style disaster happen in the U.S.?



The Battle Over Indian Point, One Year After the Fukushima Meltdown

This week, Kazuhiko Amano, a relief worker from Fukushima, spoke at a panel discussion at Manhattanville College in New York. … Continue reading

First Post-Fukushima Safety Rules Approved by NRC

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission moved to adopt new safety regulations, eight months after the NRC’s Fukushima task force issued its recommendations, and almost a year after the meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan.

NRC Licenses First New Nuclear Reactors in Decades

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission approved two new reactors yesterday, paving the way for new nuclear technology amidst concerns over an … Continue reading

NRC Report: Nuclear Power Plants More Vulnerable to Earthquakes Than Previously Thought

The report lays out a plan for “seismic stress tests” over the next four years for plants in the central and eastern parts of the country.

Video: Inside the Fukushima Reactor

In an attempt to look at the damage inside one of its failed Fukushima reactors, the Tokyo Electric Power Co. … Continue reading

Live Chat 1 p.m. ET: Nuclear Energy In The Shadow of Fukushima

Read the full transcript of our “Nuclear Aftershocks” chat with correspondent Miles O’Brien, producer Jon Palfreman and guest questioner Spencer Reiss from Wired.

Gregory Jaczko: What the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Can Learn From Fukushima

In the wake of the disasater at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant, Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chair Gregory Jaczko says the U.S. has “to go forward always with that expectation that an accident can happen, and we have to do the right things to prevent it.”

David Lochbaum: “The NRC Is Not Doing Its Job”

“The biggest concern I’ve had with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission over the years I’ve been monitoring them is lack of consistency,” says David Lochbaum, a nuclear expert with the Union of Concerned Scientists. “They’re a little bit slow at solving known safety problems.”

Joe Pollock: Inside the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant

Despite a contentious relicensing battle, former Indian Point Vice President of Operations Joe Pollock insists that the plant is safe — and that it’s a boon for the environment and the local community.

Did This Man Predict the Tsunami at Fukushima?

Stay tuned for tonight’s film Nuclear Aftershocks. Check your local listings here or watch it online, starting tonight. You’ve probably … Continue reading


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