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The Post Fukushima Nuclear Environment

February 20, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 137

A recent poll showed that, while support for nuclear power in the UK dipped after the Fukushima disaster, the negativity was fairly short lived. In the survey conducted by the British Science Association, over 40% of respondents said they believed that the benefits of nuclear power outweigh the risks, which shows a rise to pre-Fukushima levels.

The post-Fukushima landscape is a tricky one. While it served to highlight the continued risks of nuclear reactors, disasters such as this are a good opportunity for an industry to take stock and push for improvements.

Countries are starting to re-assess their nuclear suite in the wake of the disaster in Japan. For example, the French Nuclear Safety Authority has said that while the country's 58 reactors are in good working order the safety systems must be improved to prepare for extreme and unexpected situations. They refer to both the physical testing of the reactors' capacities to withstand disasters and reinforcing them "beyond existing safety margins", and also to operational procedures to ensure that engineers and managers can carry out the correct measures swiftly and calmly to avoid further damage and prevent their being a human cost involved.

Meanwhile, Italy's environment minister, Corrado Clini, has affirmed Italy's rejection of current nuclear power, but in the same statement he pushed for more nuclear research. Italy shut down its nuclear plants in 1987 as part of nationwide nuclear ban, which was recently re-confirmed when citizens voted to keep the ban in place. However, Clini was quoted as saying "Nuclear research points towards clean energy in the medium-long term. Renewables, which we highly support and promote, are the present and the near future. I see no contradiction in this position."

While renewables are serving Italy well, Clini seems mindful of the fact that increases in population and industrialization mean there will be an increase in demand and fuel consumption and nuclear power, with the caveat of further research and development, could play a part in the country's future.

This attitude is a common progressive mindset which simultaneously accepts that nuclear power as it stands at the moment might not be the most suitable option (particularly for countries with unstable or unpredictable geographical features, for example those prone to earthquakes or flooding) but with investment in research and improvement, the 4th generation of nuclear power that is starting to emerge could play a vital role in helping us meet the world's energy needs, creating good opportunities for careers in nuclear.

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