December 30, 1999 |
Kunio Murai was a struggling farmer from the wrong side of the tracks when he was recruited to work as a day laborer in a nuclear power plant near this farm town. The pay was triple what he could make anywhere else, and he was told that the work would be janitorial. One day in 1970, he and a co-worker were ordered into a room to mop up a leak of radioactive cooling water. They wore ordinary rubber gloves, but no masks or additional protection.
September 25, 1986 |
Five months after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, it is still not clear whether the steps the Soviet Union has taken to prevent a similar reactor explosion are sufficient, according to a report made public Wednesday by the International Atomic Energy Agency.
December 5, 1987 |
Three more fatal accidents have occurred at the Chernobyl nuclear plant this year, and radiation continues to be a problem there, according to a report Friday by a Communist Party official. The surprising report was made by an official identified only as V. Lukyanenko, head of the party in the new town of Slavutich.
January 26, 2003 |
The towering rock in the bay that gave this town its name is long gone, blown up by engineers who called it a hindrance to navigation. Gone, too, is the town's onetime livelihood: refueling and repairing the submarines that were to have been the backbone of a mighty Pacific Fleet for the Soviet Union. Half a century after its birth as a secret Soviet military town, Bolshoi Kamen -- Russian for Big Rock -- has a less grandiose mission.
October 15, 1991 |
Despite concerns about the nuclear arms programs launched by Iraq and other countries, the Bush Administration is quietly seeking to head off efforts in Congress to clamp down on U.S. exports of products or technology that can be used in manufacturing such weapons. In a letter to Congress last week, the Administration declared that it opposes legislation that would strengthen the existing system of U.S. export controls for nuclear-related technology.
February 24, 1989 |
President Mikhail S. Gorbachev, making his first visit to the site of the world's most serious nuclear accident, on Thursday urged the utmost caution in developing atomic energy and the strictest safeguards to prevent future accidents. "All power stations must be kept in such a state (of security) that nothing of this kind can happen again," Gorbachev declared as he toured the Chernobyl nuclear power station.
March 29, 1990 |
Two vital components of the nation's crippled nuclear weapons production complex will resume operating before the end of this year, Energy Secretary James D. Watkins told Congress Wednesday. The projected timetable, which Watkins admitted is "ambitious," aroused skepticism from some members of the House Armed Services defense nuclear subcommittee, who also expressed concern that the expedited schedule might give short shrift to safety concerns.
March 3, 1990 |
The Chernobyl Atomic Energy Station, the site of the world's most serious nuclear accident, will be phased out of operation over the next five years and then permanently closed under a decision announced Friday by authorities in the Ukraine, one of the Soviet Union's constituent republics.
January 4, 2003 |
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission could have shut down a nuclear power plant in Ohio several months before an acid leak was discovered but wanted to avoid hurting the plant owner financially, the agency's watchdog said Friday. The NRC's Office of Inspector General concluded that top agency safety officials had "strong justification" to order the Davis-Besse plant shut down earlier because of concerns over public safety.
May 21, 1992 |
The House, considering the first congressional attempt in more than a decade to craft a national energy policy, Wednesday adopted a Bush Administration proposal to stimulate the construction of nuclear power plants.