The Third IAEA mission reviews Japan’s progress in decommissioning the damaged Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station in February, 2015. Photo Credit: Susanna Loof/IAEA

Fukushima: Lessons learned from a devastating “near-miss”

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The Third IAEA mission reviews Japan’s progress in decommissioning the damaged Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station in February, 2015. Photo Credit: Susanna Loof/IAEA

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Jack Fanning
Jack Fanning
10 months ago

It is impossible to use nuclear fission safely to produce energy. Therefore, safety will always be neglected. Even with safety being ignored, nuclear energy is and will always be the most expensive form of energy. That is true, even though the nuclear industry does not assume responsibility and pay for its 2 greatest liabilities. These liabilities are the destructive health and environmental damages caused by nuclear energy and the absolute necessity of safely isolating nuclear waste from contact with living organisms for longer than mankind has been in existence.

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