Fukushima: Damaged reactors at nuclear plant could take 30 years to retire

02 Nov

THIS is my problem with nuclear power

The decommissioning of four reactors at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant will likely take more than 30 years to complete, according to a report by Japanese officials.

The draft report, released by Japan’s Atomic Energy Commission of the Cabinet Office on Friday, said the removal of debris — or nuclear fuel — should begin by the end of 2021.

30 friggin years!  It’s the whole risk assessment – probability of an event occurring versus the consequences.  Regardless of how small the probability of an accident might be (which is not as small as the ‘experts’ try to make us believe) the results are utterly catastrophic – see Chernobyl.  Couple this with the amount of spent nuclear fuel – The US alone has 64,000 metric tons – that we frankly have no idea what to do with at this point, and it is obvious that nuclear power is NOT a solution.  It is a energy source with consequences second only to that of fossil fuels.

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Posted by on November 2, 2011 in Environment


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