After last year’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear crisis in Japan, residents of the U.S. began to grow concerned of similar nuclear problems at home. In Japan, the disaster has been linked to some health problems for those in the northern region of the country. While these cases are few and far between, they ignite concerns regarding the overall safety of nuclear power. To help calm the nerves of U.S. citizens, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission conducted a study to examine the dangers that the energy may pose. According to the agency’s…Read More
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Tokyo Power set to pay for Fukushima nuclear disaster
Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), Asia’s largest utility company, has started making compensation payments to the residents who had to be evacuated from around the Fukushima nuclear plant after the disaster in March. Now, they may end up paying a lot more according to Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary. The Japanese government has decided that they will not put a limit on the amount of compensation payments that TEPCO must make to residents and the local government. Japan’s government officials could have granted the company an “exemption” from being liable for…Read More
Nuclear plant insurance has a nuclear price tag…many go uninsured!
In the wake of the disaster in Japan, many are questioning whether nuclear power is safe. The continuing nuclear crisis in Japan has brought up many issues, one of them being the issue of insurance. Nearly every nation on the planet requires that their citizens have some form of insurance to cover the various aspects of their lives, such as protection for the vehicles or homes. The requirements for insuring a nuclear power plant, however, are surprisingly low. Japan’s nuclear disasters will cost taxpayers billions, a price that will be…Read More
Japan Catastrophe 2011: The Wake Up Call
After seeing the devastation from last month’s earthquake and tsunami in Northeast Japan, officials in Tokyo are re- evaluating their current disaster plan. The huge 9.0 quake on March 11th that occurred over 200 miles from Japans capital made them realize they weren’t prepared for the worst-case situation. Japan has been working for over 40 years to make their country safer from devastating earthquakes. Earthquake engineering is a normal part of the construction process in Japan. City leaders were confident they had prepared for worse-case scenarios; until the quake…Read More
The liability name game over Fukushima nuclear disaster
General Electric (GE) is getting bad press for their part in the Fukushima nuclear crisis in Japan; but they’re not being sued, as of yet. GE designed the containment systems inside the nuclear reactors of the Fukushima power plant. The power plant and its nuclear reactors were damaged almost a month ago when a massive earthquake hit Japan. The quake was immediately followed by a powerful Tsunami; causing additional destruction in the region. There have been reports that the reactors leaked radiation into the air. The latest news tells us…Read More
U.S. Nuclear Plants…how exposed are we?
The people of Japan knew they were at risk for a large scale earthquake, and even a tsunami. They took painstaking measures to prepare for this possible, “once in a lifetime” event. We watched the tragedy and devastation that was taking place, in one of the most prepared countries in the world. One hundred twenty seven million people experienced an event of historical proportions. All the planning and scenarios had been done for a “worst case disaster.” But as one disaster turned into two, and then two turned into three,…Read More
Read carefully…insurance policies carry nuclear exclusions
Insurance companies are reeling from the possible cost of the disaster in Japan. It will be weeks before the entirety of the damages can be put into any kind of perspective to be tallied. It isn’t just the property damage and the economic loss; the lives that were lost will also be a factor. Another aspect of this disaster is the nuclear contamination from damaged reactors. Most traditional policies exclude coverage for nuclear accidents. There is more to assessing damage than people might realize. You have to determine what was…Read More