A look back at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster

While I was browsing through videos, I happened upon a Frontline episode from February 2012 titled Inside Japan’s Nuclear Meltdown.  If you haven’t had a chance to watch it, I highly recommend it.  I don’t think anyone realized how close the situation was to becoming a global catastrophe.

It is impossible for me to understand why anyone of sound mind would consider nuclear fission as a safe option for power generation.  I know why it is used.  Energy companies can make huge profits from energy generated by nuclear reactors, which explains why we have nuclear power plants today.  Being of sound mind does not factor into the equation when a company elects to build a nuclear power plant.  It’s all about the profits.  Through all of the claims by nuclear power companies that their installations are safe, every one of them could suffer the same fate as the plant at Fukushima Daiichi, or worse.

I did some research on the amount of radioactive waste that is generated from a nuclear reactor used to generate electricity.  A reactor generates 20 to 30 tons of high-level nuclear waste each year.  One radioactive component of nuclear waste is Plutonium-239.  Plutonium-239 has a half life of 24,000 years.  This waste that is being generated isn’t going away for a very long time.  There are currently about 435 nuclear reactors in operation on our planet.  That equates to over 13,000 tons of radioactive waste being generated every year.

As I said previously, no one of sound mind would consider nuclear power to be a safe option for power generation.

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