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April 6th, 2011
08:28 AM ET

Radiatiation detected in Japanese fish localized to small coastal area

Concerns are elevating over the environmental fallout from Japan’s earthquake. With toxic water spilling into the ocean from nuclear reactors at Tokyo Electric Power’s plant, the Japanese government has created a radiation safety standard for seafood.

How vulnerable is the sea life and world-renowned seafood off Japan’s coast? Today on American Morning, Dr. Timothy Mousseau, radiation ecologist and professor of biological sciences at the University of South Carolina, explains radiation’s effect on marine life.

Mousseau, who studied the wildlife impact after the Chernobyl nuclear accident, says the radiation detected in fish in Japan is localized to the area around the Fukushima plant. Should American diners be concerned?

Filed under: Environment • Japan • Japan Earthquake • Wildlife • World
March 23rd, 2011
07:24 AM ET

Black smoke rising from reactor 3 at Daiichi nuclear plant

Black smoke is rising from reactor 3 at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant and dangerous levels of radioactive iodine have been detected in tap water in Japan.

Lake Barrett is a nuclear engineer who oversaw the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's response to the Three Mile Island accident. Barrett talks to American Morning about the developing nuclear situation in Japan.

Filed under: Health • Japan Earthquake • World
March 18th, 2011
02:20 PM ET

Entergy 'puts safety first,' rep says

As the nuclear crisis in Japan continues, many companies are looking into their own emergency preparations in the event of a natural disaster.

Timothy Mitchell, senior Vice President of Engineering and Tech Services of Entergy Nuclear, which owns and operates many nuclear plants in the U.S.

Mitchell talks to American Morning's Kiran Chetry about the precautions his company has taken and the procedures they have put in place if any of his plants were struck by a natural disaster. He also discusses evacuation plans for the entire population of the New York metro area if the Indian Point Energy Center were to be compromised.

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.

March 17th, 2011
08:40 AM ET

Calm in the face of disaster

Images out of Japan show citizens remaining calm and stoic in the wake of last week's disaster.

Jeffrey Kingston, Director of Asian Studies at Temple University in Japan, talks to Kiran Chetry and Christine Romans about how the people of Japan are handling the tragedy.

Filed under: Japan Earthquake
March 17th, 2011
08:38 AM ET

Attempt to cool Daiichi reactor fails

Workers continue to try to cool the nuclear reactors at the Daiichi plant in Japan, but emergency crews had to temporarily withdraw water canons after high radiation levels were detected Thursday.

Arnie Gundersen, Nuclear Engineer and Chief Engineer with Fairewinds Associates, explains the current complications at the plant and tells Kiran Chetry and Christine Romans what needs to be done to contain potential dangers.

Filed under: Japan Earthquake
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