Questions and Answers about the Unfolding Nuclear Emergency in Japan

Frontier Group
Last updated: 1/18/2012

The unfolding nuclear emergency in Japan has raised questions in our own communities. We have prepared this factsheet to attempt to provide answers where information is available.

UPDATE MAY 2011 -- While the disaster at the Fukishima Daiichi reactor remains uncontrolled, the crisis is no longer making front-page news. We will continue to blog about nuclear policy in the United States, but we do not plan to further update the posts below.

Questions about the situation in Japan:

Questions about nuclear industry safety in the United States:

Questions about alternatives to nuclear power in the United States:

See the links to the above blog posts for our most current answers to these questions.

This resource has been prepared and will be maintained by Travis Madsen, Tony Dutzik, and other members of Frontier Group, which is hosting the same material on its website. Frontier Group, a member of the Public Interest Network family of organizations and a frequent partner of PIRGIM, conducts research and policy analysis to support a cleaner, healthier and more democratic society. Our mission is to inject accurate information and compelling ideas into public policy debates at the local, state and federal levels.


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