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NUCLEAR CRISIS

House Calls for Drastic Cuts in Hospital Preparedness Funding

by Sasha Chavkin
ProPublica

 

On Thursday, we reported that the U.S. health system is unprepared to respond to a major nuclear emergency as a result of inadequate capacity to treat a large number of radiation injuries, aging stockpiles of a key medication, and limited emergency preparedness drills for hospitals. Hours after our story ran, the House of Representatives passed a budget measure that would cut the federal Hospital Preparedness Program by $185 million, a 44 percent reduction from last year’s budget. (mais…)

THE NUCLEAR CRISIS

U.S. Nuclear-Disaster Preparedness Hobbled by Uncertain

Chain of Command

by Sasha Chavkin, ProPublica, and Sheri Fink, Special to ProPublica

.Exelon Corp.’s Dresden Generating Station nuclear power plant stands in Morris, Ill., March 19, 2011. (Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

If the United States faced a nuclear disaster, local governments would automatically take charge, followed by federal authorities if the crisis grew too big for local responders to handle. But this system has a flaw: The nation’s emergency plans don’t spell out when or how the transfer of authority would be handled, even though small delays could put thousands of lives at risk. (mais…)

THE NUCLEAR CRISIS

While Nuclear Waste Piles Up in U.S., Billions in Fund to Handle It

Sit Unused

by Joaquin Sapien
ProPublica

.This undated image shows the entrance to the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository located in Nye County, Nev. (Maxim Kniazkov/AFP/Getty Images)

While the nuclear crisis in Japan has focused attention on the risks of spent fuel piling up at the U.S.’s reactors, one curious fact has gone largely unnoted: There is $24 billion sitting in a “nuclear waste fund” that can’t actually be used to pay for a safer way to store the waste at reactors. (mais…)