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Lessons from the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster listen

03/10/14 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Tags: Fukushima, nuclear accident, Japan, radiation leaks, Union of Concerned Scientists, Edwin Lyman, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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Tomorrow marks the third anniversary of the disaster at Fukushima Japan.

On March 11th a giant earthquake followed by a tsunami struck the northeast coast of Japan.

More than 20,000 people were killed or injured.

There were six nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Dai’ichi facility. Three of the plants six reactors suffered core meltdowns. Radiation was released into the air.

More than 300,000 people from the region had to leave the area- because living near the damaged plant...

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Rick Scott rode high-speed rail in Japan

11/13/13 Rob Lorei
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: high-speed rail, Rick Scott, Japan, Transportation, transit

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WMNF has confirmed that Governor Rick Scott rode three times a high-speed rail system on his recent trip to Japan. Two years ago Governor Scott turned down more than $2 billion in federal money to build a high-speed rail line between Tampa and Orlando. The link was supposed to help reduce traffic congestion on the heavily used I-4 corridor.

Nancy Blum-Heintz, a spokesperson for Enterprise Florida, tells WMNF that the Japanese high-speed rail system called Shinkansen “was logistically the ...

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St. Pete activists remember Fukushima disaster listen

03/11/13 Lauren Misa
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Today marks the two year anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that hit the coast of Japan; killing over 15,000 people. There’s a vigil in St. Pete Monday afternoon to remember the tragedy.

The earthquake and tsunami caused the Fukushima Nuclear Plant disaster. It forced more than 150,000 people to evacuate their homes, yet to return for fear of radiation.

Concerned citizens are holding a Fukushima Candlelight Vigil Monday afternoon from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. It will be in the park ac...

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Did radioactive iodine in Florida's atmosphere originate at troubled Japan nuclear plant? listen

03/28/11 wire reports including AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Power company officials say plutonium has been detected in the soil outside of the stricken Japanese nuclear complex.

Tokyo Electric Power Company says in a statement that the plutonium was discovered today in five locations around the plant, which has been leaking radiation for nearly two weeks. They say the amounts were very small and were not a risk to public health. But the U.S. EPA says “[internal exposure to plutonium is an extremely serious health hazard](http://www.epa.gov/rpdweb...

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Radiation in Tokyo water too much for infants listen

03/23/11 wire reports including AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Japan's police agency says more than 9,500 people are dead after an earthquake and tsunami, and 16,000 are missing, although those tallies are likely to overlap.

The country’s government says the economic costs of the catastrophic March 11th earthquake and tsunami could reach $309 billion.

Tokyo's utility company says black smoke has been seen emerging from Unit 3 of the crippled nuclear plant in northeastern Japan, prompting a new evacuation of the complex. Workers have been temporar...

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Officials try to deflect new fears of radiation from Japan's damaged nuclear plant listen

03/21/11 wire reports including AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The director of operations of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Bill Borchardt, says there is no current breach in containment at 3 reactors in Japan's crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex.

"All 3 units appear to be in a stable condition, the seawater injection being used to keep the reactors cool. Containment integrity for all 3 units is currently maintained. We do not expect the releases of radioactive material that have occurred in Japan to have any effect on the health an...

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Spent fuel rods exposed at Fukushima though power could soon be restored listen

03/16/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The operator of Japan's tsunami-crippled nuclear plant says it has almost completed a new power line that could restore electricity to the complex and solve the crisis that has threatened a meltdown.

Meanwhile, Japan has more than doubled the maximum radiation dose allowed for nuclear workers.

Despite the increase, surging radiation levels forced emergency workers to temporarily withdraw from the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant today, losing time in their struggle to cool over...

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Fukushima nuclear crisis continues as radioactivity released from fire listen

03/15/11 wire reports including AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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A U.S. nuclear industry official says there is evidence that the primary containment structure at one of the stricken Japanese reactors has been breached, raising the risk of further release of radioactive material.

That’s because of rising radiation levels near the suppression pool at the Number 2 reactor at Fukushima Dai-ichi.

At another reactor, Number 4, a fire in a storage pond for spent fuel released radioactivity "directly into the atmosphere." The fire was extinguished and ra...

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Crisis continues at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan listen

03/14/11 wire reports including AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The crisis continues at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan.

"The water level did start to fall and the fuel rods were exposed above the water. This situation did continue for a while."

A drop in water levels left uranium rods completely exposed today. And although the water was restored, the rods are again exposed after a second episode. That increases the risk that radiation will spread, and that there may eventually be a meltdown.

Through an interpreter on Japan’s NHK TV, chi...

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Nuclear disaster in Japan: How dangerous are US nukes?

03/14/11 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday
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Good afternoon, welcome to the Last Call. I'm Rob Lorei. This afternoon we're going to talk about the growing nuclear crisis in Japan in the wake of last Friday's earthquake. Our guest is Harvey Wasserman:

Harvey Wasserman's Solartopia! Our Green-Powered Earth, A.D. 2030, is at www.solartopia.org. He is senior advisor to Greenpeace USA and the Nuclear Information & Resource Service, and writes regularly for www.freepress.org. He and...

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