Friday, March 9, 2012 | Categories: Episodes
Part Two of The Current
Nuclear Power After Fukushima - Kennette Benedict
Just two weeks ago today, the Japanese government decided radiation levels were safe enough to scale back the no-fly zone over the Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant.
The clean-up at the Fukushima plant is expected to last 40 years and the high radiation levels make it incredibly dangerous for the clean up crew.
The meltdown at the Fukushima plant is also a nightmare for the global nuclear energy industry. It's had to satisfy governments their safety procedures are up to standard and reassure people thousands of kilometres way that they're not at risk from radiation. Much of the industrialized world relies on nuclear energy, but governments have taken a second look at the always controversial technology.
In Japan, all but two of the country's 54 nuclear reactors have been shut down since last March's earthquake.Germany plans to take all 17 of its nuclear power plants offline within 10 years. The future of nuclear energy looks cloudier than it did just a year ago.
Nuclear Power After Fukushima - Jeremy Whitlock
Jeremy Whitlock is a a reactor physicist with Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, and past president of the Canadian Nuclear Society. He also runs the Canadian Nuclear FAQ website. Jeremy Whitlock joined me from our Ottawa studio.
This segment was produced by The Current's Chris Wodskou.
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