Nuclear Materials Events Database
|Source||Nuclear Regulatory Commission|
|File Size||38.2 MB|
|Dates Covered||1990-March 18, 2011|
The database has 12 relational tables with entries from 1990 through March 18, 2011. Some events occurring before 1990 appear in this data, but the most consistent reporting is for records from 1990 and later.
Record layouts and samples of this database
|Data sample (100slice.xls)||26.5 KB|
|Schema (NMED.pdf)||282.0 KB|
|Main documentation (Readme_1.txt)||5.1 KB|
|Data dictionary (Data Dictionary.pdf)||26.0 KB|
- Investigating the Nuclear Power Industry
A thorough description of how to cover nuclear utilities with depth, including how to deal with and assess whistle-blowers and how to get information from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission; includes several pages of sources from lawyers who represent whistle-blowers to officials from various regions of the NRC.
- Exposing Hidden Hazards
This tipsheet is an excellent first-step advisory for environmental reporters who are looking for stories on the nuclear industry cleanup.
- Sources and tips on nuclear, biological and chemical weapons threats
Threats from weapons of mass destruction are more pronounced than ever. Eisler describes some of the threats from nuclear, biological and chemical weapons. He also includes a hefty list of government, NGO, and academia sources on the subjects.
- New Nightmare Scenarios
National Journal examines the nuclear industry’s vulnerability to terrorism. The report quotes nuclear power’s critics who say that “a terrorist attack on the one of the nation’s 103 commercial reactors might trigger a meltdown within minutes.” However, industry officials call such fears exaggerated. The story predicts that the increasing demand for electricity and the good safety record of the nuclear industry will bring need for new nuclear plants after the immediate threat of terrorist strikes has eased.
- Fire Hazard: Bush Leaves Nuclear Plants at Risk
Cusac’s investigation looks into fire safety protections at several U.S. nuclear plants, as well as the Bush administration’s decision to make fire safety a lax issue. The article points out the fact that this decrease in fire protection comes at the point when Al Qaeda’s interests are in targeting unidentified nuclear power plants. From the IRE questionnaire: “This article discovered that the reason the Bush Administration was making such a move was because many plants were already in violation of the law and because the nuclear industry threatened widespread rebellion if the Nuclear Regulatory Commission tried to enforce the law.”
- Radioactive Roadtrip
A Primetime investigative team examined security at nuclear research reactors at universities across the country and discovered shockingly lax security at numerous locations. Their findings contradicted assurances of a “heightened state of security awareness” from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. After the report aired several members of Congress called for investigations of the state of security at nuclear reactors.
- Lethal Doses Radiation That Kills
Plain Dealer (Cleveland) reports on undisclosed cases of overexposure to radiation at hospitals and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s failure to regulate hospitals’ radiation use.