Lucas Whitefield Hixson
Lucas Whitefield Hixson is Nuclear Researcher in Chicago, Illinois in USA.
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More outrage is building over prominent employees at Hanford blowing the whistle about how Bechtel has rushed the project in order to make a quick buck.  Despite decades of cleanup efforts and billions of taxpayer dollars spent, only a tiny fraction of Hanford’s radioactivity has been safely contained, and the situation appears to be getting […]

Japanese officials have failed to justify why it took them over a month to disclose large-scale releases of radioactive material in mid-March at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. A special government tool had been producing critical maps, and other data, hourly since the first hours after the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami, some of the maps clearly showed a plume of nuclear contamination extending to the northwest of the plant, beyond the areas that were initially evacuated. Japan’s nuclear safety agency and the science ministry had data on the spread of radioactive materials that could have prevented unnecessary radiation exposure, but decided to sit on it instead of reporting it to the crisis management center at the prime minister’s office.

This is the first in a series of articles dedicated to preserve the facts revealed about the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. Disaster A disaster is a natural or man-made (or technological) hazard that has come to fruition, resulting in an event of substantial extent causing significant physical damage or destruction, loss of life, or drastic […]

Unusual wear has been found on hundreds of tubes that carry radioactive water at Southern California‘s San Onofre Unit 2 nuclear plant, in more than 800, the thinning was at least 10 percent. According to company officials, the new steam generators were manufactured by Japan-based Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. The company did not respond to an […]

Japanese Officials & Experts Late Decision to Expand Testing Around Fukushima Daiichi  No one wants to think about the massive aqueous deposition of radioactive materials into the Pacific Ocean, that much is now clear.  By September estimates of released contamination had risen to over 3,500 terabecquerels of cesium-137 released into the sea directly from the […]

The Big Picture: Japanese Officials Mixed Reports On Radiation Hotspots in Japan – Inconsistent research and changing story bring scrutiny of efforts to decontaminate parts of Tokyo Seven months after a triple meltdown at the coastal nuclear plant, as Japan is still trying to get a sense of the radioactive fallout, regulators, operators, and investors […]

Nuclear power stations are an example of some of the latest engineering and architectural minds at work, but still fears of safety are rising around the world.  While many parts of the nuclear process are likewise breathtaking and stunning, the stations and buildings themselves are generally interpreted as intimidating and obtrusive structures, could this correlate […]

*In a recent flurry of nuclear criticism, the United States and AREVA have gone on the offensive, declaring a nuclear future, and criticizing Japan and Germany for recent decisions and comments regarding nuclear free energy policies.* The move will result in higher electricity costs in Germany, with consequences for industry, said Lauvergeon. It’s hard to […]

The core issues about Japan’s nuclear program still remain more than 40 years after inception. Throughout the decades, nuclear accidents have had little impact on government policy, while disasters in the island country continue increasing in size and danger to public health. While on one hand loudly declaring as long as the proper safeguards are in place nuclear power is safe, clean, and exceptionally powerful, utilities and regulators have knowingly shirked the responsibility to follow through, even to carry out routine safety checks.