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Asleep at the Controls

Asleep at the Controls

The Fukushima meltdowns, which began a year ago this week, were a disaster — but also, at least in the United States, an opportunity. Everyone was awake and interested. Thoughtful questions, wild speculation and genuine, heartfelt public concern about nuclear safety were everywhere.

Predictably, the nuclear industry hunkered down, filling the airwaves with its own spin.…

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Japan Ignored Nuclear Risks, Official Says

Japan Ignored Nuclear Risks, Official Says

TOKYO — In surprisingly frank public testimony on Wednesday, Japan’s nuclear safety chief said the country’s regulations were fundamentally flawed and laid out a somber picture of a nuclear industry shaped by freewheeling power companies, toothless regulators and a government more interested in promoting nuclear energy than in safeguarding the health of its citizens.…

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