U.S. Hid Own Risks After Fukushima


fukushimaAfter the Fukushima Daiichi meltdown in March 2011, the U.S. went out of its way to downplay the likelihood of a similar crisis occurring at home. Emails within the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission released Monday via the Freedom of Information Act reveal a campaign to assuage American fears of a nuclear meltdown, even as the agency was unsure of the safety of U.S. plants.

NRC emails show that the agency declined to address reporters’ questions about a worst-case scenario and tried to dissuade the press from using its own data on earthquake risks. It even actively hid Japanese engineers from reporters visiting the NRC’s operations center in Maryland to distance itself from Fukushima. Read more at NBC News.

{Andy Heller-Matzav.com Newscenter}


  1. Anyone remember Three Mile Island? We came within a whisker of having a nuclear core meltdown, breach of containment and associated radioactive steam explosions – in the middle of Pennsylvania (and not far upwind of New York City).

    And then there’s the Indian Head Point Reactor, which has had numerous safety-related shutdowns. Can you imagine trying to evacuate New York City in the middle of a radioactive contamination incident?