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Officials last week revealed that the U.S. contribution to ITER could cost $3.9 billion by 2034—roughly four times the...
An experimental hepatitis B drug that looked safe in animal trials tragically killed five of 15 patients in 1993. Now,...
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A new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concludes that humanity has done little to slow...
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New Study of Fukushima Crisis Under Way at U.S. Nuclear Agency
21 March 2011 4:48 pm
Commissioners of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced two studies into the Japan nuclear crisis at a meeting today. The first is a 90-day task force looking to obtain a "quick snapshot" of the situation, said Executive Director for Operations Bill Borchardt, with a preliminary report to be released in 60 days. Among the goals of the task force is to see whether backup plans for maintenance of spent nuclear fuel pools, put in place after the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks, " would work" if other problems threatened the water levels in the pools.
A longer term study, which will seek substantial input from the public, will try to define lessons learned, if any. No start date is set on that study.