Hello! You are part of a community of millions who seek out Democracy Now! each month for ad-free daily news you can trust. Maybe you come for our daily headlines. Maybe you come for our in-depth stories that expose corporate and government abuses of power and lift up the voices of ordinary people working to make change in extraordinary times. We produce all of this news at a fraction of the budget of a commercial news operation. We do this without ads, government funding or corporate sponsorship. How? This model of news depends on support from viewers and listeners like you. Today, less than 1% of our visitors support Democracy Now! with a donation each year. If even 3% of our website visitors donated just $10 per month, we could cover our basic operating expenses for a year. Pretty amazing right? If you visit us daily or weekly or even just once a month, now is a great time to make a monthly contribution.

Your Donation: $

March 16, 2011 < Previous Entry | Next Entry >

Work of activists helped prevent Fukushima-style cluster of nuclear reactors on Long Island

RSS

By Juan Gonzalez
New York Daily News

The explosions and fires at four separate nuclear reactors in Fukushima, Japan, are a haunting reminder that nuclear power can produce catastrophic results.

The 50 courageous workers who remained at Japan’s contaminated Daiichi nuclear complex had to abandon the facility Tuesday night when surging radiation levels made it too dangerous to stay.

They had risked almost certain health damage from radiation as they desperately tried to feed in enough cool water to prevent a total meltdown that could release massive amounts of radiation.

This was the nightmare scenario the nuclear power industry assured us would never happen.

Karl Grossman, a SUNY Old Westbury journalism professor and author of several books on the nuclear industry, recalls such assurances going back to the 1960s. That was when New York’s own power companies started planning a Fukushima-style cluster of nuclear reactors on Long Island.

Read the entire column

RSS