“The Morning Briefing” is SmartPlanet’s daily roundup of must-reads from the web. This morning we’re reading about nuclear power and politics.
1.) Tube wear detailed at CA nuke plant. Federal regulators Thursday disclosed the most detailed information to date on damage at California’s idled San Onofre nuclear power plant, where scores of tubes that carry radioactive water have eroded at an alarming rate.
2.) Is new nuclear energy the way forward? As we continue to reassess the cost benefits of the clean (but incredibly dangerous) power source, we should truly consider all the variables.
3.) Building costs rise at U.S. nuclear sites. America’s first new nuclear plants in more than a decade are costing billions more to build and sometimes taking longer to deliver than planned, problems that could chill the industry’s hopes for a jumpstart to the nation’s new nuclear age.
4.) Official Fukushima report blames Japanese culture, not nuclear power. The government-tasked commission tackles regulators and officials, buts it also makes some unusual assumptions about the March 2011 disaster.
5.) Canadian nuclear power engineers walk off jobs. Nuclear engineers at the Candu Energy subsidiary of Canada’s SNC-Lavalin Group Inc went on strike on Monday in a contract dispute and no talks to end the walkout are scheduled, their union said.
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