Thursday, March 17, 2011

The danger of old U.S. nuclear plants

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton echoed the thoughts of many Americans when she said Wednesday what's happening in Japan raises questions about the safety of nuclear plants here in the United States. CBS News correspondent John Blackstone reports that nine major American cities are within 50 miles of a reactor. At Fukushima those spent rods have caused big problems.There was some hydrogen that's generated in the spent fuel somewhere in that facility that ignited and blew the roof off," said Thomas McKone, of the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. More>