Tagged: nuclear

Reducing Nuclear Arsenals: U.S. and Russia Hold More than Necessary for Deterrence

Despite reduction of their nuclear arsenals the United States and Russia still maintain 16,000 nuclear warheads. This is 15 times more than the combined total nuclear arsenals of all the seven other nuclear weapon states in the world. The Federation of American Scientists (FAS) released a new report Trimming Nuclear...

Security Breaches in Y-12 Uncover a Compromised Security Protocol Exam

On July 28, 2012, the Y-12 National Security Complex experienced a security breach in which three anti-nuclear protestors, including an 83-year-old nun, broke into the complex using bolt cutters and hammers. They spent several hours in a pre-dawn excursion that included spray-painting anti-war graffiti on the outside of Y-12’s Highly-Enriched...

The Iran Project’s “Weighing Benefits and Costs of Military Action Against Iran”

Bearing the endorsements of thirty-two senior national security experts, a new report by The Iran Project entitled, “Weighing Benefits and Costs of Military Action Against Iran” , critically assesses the question of possible military action against a nuclear Iran. From the paper’s introduction: “This paper provides a foundation for clear...

Official Report Finds “a Multitude of Errors and Willful Negligence” Led to Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Disaster

The National Diet of Japan Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission (NAIIC) released its first official report. The report “provides a full and complete account of the circumstances surrounding the March 11th, 2011, including causes and the response to the nuclear accident. It also includes recommendations designed to prevent the...

Assuring Destruction Forever

This report released by Reaching Critical Will, a project of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, examines nuclear weapon modernization in countries across the globe. “As of March 2012, the nuclear weapon possessors are estimated to possess approximately 19,500 nuclear weapons. All of them have plans to modernize—upgrade...

‘NUKEMAP’ Shows Effects of Nuclear Detonations in Your Area

The NUKEMAP is a nuclear effects calculator. ”The Restricted Data: The Nuclear Secrecy Blog” describes the features of the NUKEMAP as such: – “Easily draggable target marker (which has an adorable little atom on it)! Bright, stomach-churning colors indicating major negative effects of atomic detonations! – Effects described include zones...

IAEA Posts New Fukushima Daiichi Status Report

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has published its latest status report in the aftermath of the Fukushima Daiichi radiological disaster. Entitled, “Fukushima Daiichi Status Report, 23 February 2012” , the ten page brief covers developments within the affected reactors, cooling water flow to the reactors and temperatures in the...

U.S. Nuclear Power Plants to Re-Evaluate Seismic Hazards

The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) released a new seismic study “that will help U.S. nuclear facilities in the central and eastern United States reassess seismic hazards. The Central and Eastern United States Seismic Source Characterization for...

Nuclear Materials Security Index

“The Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) Nuclear Materials Security Index is a first-of-its-kind public benchmarking project of nuclear materials security conditions on a country-by-country basis. The NTI Index, prepared with the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), was created to spark an international discussion about priorities required to strengthen security, and most importantly,...