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Accidents at nuclear power plants may be extremely rare, but when they happen they're devastating. Are regulators in the United States doing all that it takes to prevent another Fukushima-type incident from happening here? Also, the Fed says it's done enough to stimulate weak economy, and the "Iceman" at Abu Ghraib, back in the news.

Banner image: A view of the Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant in Seabrook, New Hampshire. The plant, more commonly known as Seabrook Station, is located approximately 40 miles (64 km) North of Boston and 10 miles (16 km) South of Portsmouth. Photo: Emmanuel Dunand//AFP/Getty Images

Producers:
Christian Bordal
Gary Scott
Katie Cooper

Reporter's Notebook Grand Jury Probing Possible War Crimes at Abu Ghraib 7 MIN, 8 SEC

Investigations into claims that the CIA abused suspects during the so-called "war on terror" are not over. When he took office, Attorney General Eric Holder named a Republican-appointed US Attorney to investigate cases, including "the Iceman," whose dead body was frozen to slow its decomposition. Grisly photographs of Manadel al-Jamadi’s frozen body were published world wide after he died in CIA custody at Abu Ghraib, the prison outside Baghdad. Now his case could make news again, according to contributor Adam Zagorin on Time magazine's blog, Battleground.

Guests:
Adam Zagorin, Project on Government Oversight

Making News Fed Says It's Done Enough to Stimulate Weak Economy 7 MIN, 21 SEC

The Federal Reserve said today that economic recovery is slower than it expected, but it still plans to end the $600 billion bond-buying program designed to provide stimulation. Peter Coy is economics editor at Bloomberg Businessweek.

Guests:
Peter Coy, Bloomberg BusinessWeek

Main Topic How Safe Are America's Aging Nuclear Power Plants? 35 MIN, 48 SEC

The ongoing disaster at Fukushima has focused attention on the safety of nuclear power plants in the United States. Could a similar accident happen here? The nuclear industry says there's only been one "safety-significant" incident since 2001, and that was nine years ago. But the nuclear plants are aging. The anticipated lifetime originally was about 40 years, but the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is allowing them to be re-licensed for 20 more. Now a year-long investigation by the Associated Press reports that the NRC works with the industry to weaken safety standards, or fail to enforce them, in order to keep the plants running.  The probability of a nuclear accident is very low, but the consequences can be catastrophic. Have the industry and its regulators become complacent?

Guests:
Dave Lochbaum, Union of Concerned Scientists (@UCSUSA)
Leslie Kass, Nuclear Energy Institute
Dan Hirsch, Committee to Bridge the Gap

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