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March 18th, 2011
01:19 PM ET

How is the U.S. handling nuclear safety after the Japanese nuclear crisis?

In wake of the Japanese nuclear crisis, President Barack Obama has called for a comprehensive safety review at 104 nuclear reactors in the U.S. This review comes on the heels of the crippled Japanese Nuclear complex that U.S. officials have reported to be under control and in no fear of leaking radiation to the western United States or its Pacific Territories.

Daniel Poneman, Deputy Secretary of Energy, talks with American Morning's Kiran Chetry and Christine Romans about the state of the crippled Japanese Nuclear complex, and how the U.S. could be preparing for a similar situation.

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  1. skeptical Julie

    We spent much time trying to close these nuclear plants and passed legislation until GW Bush signed to reopen them.
    I once sat across from a higher up in a local nuclear plant executive, and asked, "How safe are these things?"
    His comment was although we have put in what we "think" is the best safety methods, what they cannot control is human error."
    We live between two of these nuclear plants, and across the lake from 11, we have THE HIGHEST RATE OF CANCER in the nation.
    Many people I have met lived near them all died of cancer.
    The girls I knew that worked in the offices there, stated when they came in these guys dressed up in hazmat suits were out in middle of the night testing well water in the area.
    Other men I knew for fact that every year they remove the insurlation because of leakage. Hasmat suited and yet some of them died because one single molecule in lung. Why? because they leak.
    I also met one diver paid big bucks that told me that the lake cooling the water, if it changes 1/2% it can change and damage the whole eco of the Lake.
    Tell me how we "need" these things? I would rather go back to burning candles and walking bicycle where I needed to go.
    After paying Senator Ried's big mountain state reserve to store these things 11 billion dollars. He says after he accepted all this money for his state imto; it was built and then says " Not in my back yard."
    Do you people not remember the two headed cows in upper Michigan that they found empty drums of this stuff, because people in charge of securing waste of them, merely dumped them on the ground? Greed governs all.

    they are saying radiation is no more than getting a e-ray on a tooth. I think this is playing down the danger. Radiation is accumulative. When people get tooth x-ray, it is a few zaps. This is continual???

    If you sit getting a tooth x-rayed for 24 hours, what would be the effects?

    March 19, 2011 at 10:22 am |