Thursday, February 11, 2016

Grim News from Fukushima

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The Washington Post published an interesting article on the status of the Fukushima nuclear power plant that exploded back in 2011. It is worth a read. Long time readers of this blog know that I am not a big fan of nuclear energy largely because of long-term waste issues and the significant potential for big nuclear disasters and concomitant nuclear terrorism. Is it really worth risking all of the problems with nuclear energy when we have the technology to develop clean energy sources? As the article points out, it will take up to 40 years to clean up the Fukushima plant at tremendous costs. Plus, it is unclear how the tons of hazardous waste will be managed. During the years since the cleanup started tons of hazardous material have already been inadvertently released.

The article comes just a few days after the news of significant groundwater contamination at a nuclear power plant near New York City.

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