Category Archives: Nuclear Terrorism

San Onofre’s Troubles Deepen

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the repair costs for San Onofre are exploding.  Meantime, after years of employee complaints, KPBS reports that federal regulators are now looking into claims that San Onofre’s cyber-security training is outdated, at best.  The San Diego Union Tribune also reports that 70% power at San Onofre seems to be the “new norm.”…

Federal Report Could Lead To Greater Cancer Risk at Dirty Bomb Sites

Global Security Newswire and the National Journal report:

People living near the site of a radiological attack could face greater cancer risks then what the government would normally allow if officials follow the anticipated recommendations of an upcoming report commissioned by the U.S. Homeland Security Department.

CBG’s Dan Hirsch calls the proposed lax standards “ethically indefensible.”…

NRC’s Lax Dirty Bomb Cleanup Standards

A nuclear Katrina in the Making 1/11/2006

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today issued guidelines for responding to a radiological “dirty” bomb that would permit doses to the public equivalent to tens of thousands of chest X-rays without requiring intervention and cleanup. The federal government estimates radiation doses that large would produce cancer or leukemia in a quarter of those exposed. (This is on top of the number of cancers that would occur in the absence of the extra radiation exposure.)