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Cloud computing may help in nuclear radiation disaster response

Cloud computing could help the federal government respond to a catastrophic nuclear radiation disaster. The National Nuclear Security Administration just finished a test run of a cloud-based data collection system that combines radiation measurements from states across the country. The agency says the inspiration for how the system works comes from observing the impact of the Fukishima reactor leak in Japan. NNSA coordinated the test run with 200 people working from 38 different states. Together they collected and analyzed 21,000 measurements of environmental radiation around the country to see if anything was out of the ordinary. The 200 participants took water and soil samples, and luckily they didn't find anything of catastrophic proportions. NNSA says it's expanding the use of the cloud system to other agencies, too.

Tags: NNSA , cloud , Japan , GDIT , GDIT Enterprise Center

Thursday - 08/14/2014, 11:13am EDT

Edwin Lyman, senior scientist, Union of Concerned Scientists

What do you do with 4,000 barrels of nuclear waste when the only repository closes up shop?

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Friday - 03/14/2014, 02:12pm EDT

DoD publishes radiation registry for its personnel

The Pentagon is publishing estimated radiation exposure levels for service members, families and defense contractors who were in Japan following last year's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.

Tags: DoD , DoD Report , radiation , Navy , Federal Drive

Friday - 09/07/2012, 07:36am EDT

NRC chief Gregory Jaczko resigning

Gregory Jaczko is stepping down after more than a year of scrutiny from his colleagues.

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Monday - 05/21/2012, 01:01pm EDT

NRC implements Fukushima 'lessons learned'

Eric Leeds, the director of the Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Amy Morris to discuss recommendations made in the aftermath of the Japanese nuclear crisis.

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Tuesday - 10/25/2011, 11:16am EDT