CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 26, 1999 |
When federal regulators begin an exhaustive three-day inspection Wednesday at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, their task will be to determine whether one of the nation's most powerful nuclear plants is safe. But the all-out, all-systems testing, done every six years, takes on greater significance amid concerns about Y2K and whether Southern California's only nuclear generating plant is up to the challenge.
October 23, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama and Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif sought to strengthen their countries' fragile relationship with a two-hour Oval Office meeting Wednesday that touched on sensitive subjects, including U.S. drone strikes, Afghanistan's future and the security of Islamabad's growing nuclear arsenal. In their first face-to-face meeting, the leaders said they emphasized mutual efforts to stabilize Pakistan's economy and deal with terrorism and other security threats.
September 22, 1997 |
What makes plutonium so notorious? With hundreds of particles in the nucleus (compared to one, for say, hydrogen), plutonium is a huge, ungainly, complex atom. In fact, so many particles are crammed into plutonium's nucleus that the center cannot hold. The inter-atomic forces that normally keep atomic nuclei glued together aren't strong enough to keep the atom intact.
April 17, 1995 |
Haunted by the specter of nuclear-armed suicide bombers capable of reducing whole cities to rubble, representatives of more than 170 nations will meet at the United Nations starting today to renew a 25-year-old treaty that so far has kept atomic bombs out of the hands of rogue governments and terrorists.
February 13, 2013 |
The long-troubled project to clean up radioactive waste in Hanford, Wash., has come under attack from another senior manager, the third to assert that top executives are ignoring serious problems in the plant's design. Donna Busche, the manager of environmental and nuclear safety for San Francisco-based URS Corp., alleged in a lawsuit filed Tuesday that executives at the $13.4-billion project attempted to suppress her warnings and were working to fire her. Busche, a nuclear engineer and health physicist, alleged that pressure to meet deadlines led the company to retaliate against her for insisting on stringent safety practices at the former nuclear weapons complex.
April 25, 1999 |
President Clinton departed the NATO summit in such haste Saturday that he left behind perhaps the most important piece of luggage in the world--the "nuclear football." The president's military aide, who constantly shadows Clinton and carries the briefcase containing U.S. nuclear launch codes, was mistakenly left at the International Trade Center when Clinton's motorcade sped off 45 minutes early and without notice. The aide walked the 4 1/2 blocks back to the White House without incident.
May 2, 1986 |
Japan, West Germany and Italy vowed today to raise the issue of nuclear safety at the Tokyo summit despite concerns by the United States that the Soviet atomic disaster will overshadow terrorism at the meetings. The annual summits began in 1975 as an economic forum, but this year's session is taking place during a time of intense worldwide concern over terrorism and the Soviet nuclear plant disaster.
September 7, 1991 |
The Soviet Union will allow international atomic energy experts to inspect its Chernobyl-type nuclear reactors for safety, a top Soviet nuclear expert said Friday. The Chernobyl-type reactors account for about half the nuclear power in the Soviet Union. The Soviets announced their decision to open their RBMK graphite-moderated, water-cooled reactors for a safety review at a weeklong international conference here on nuclear safety.