Nuclear Power After Fukushima

A year ago a single country was rocked by triple disasters in a single day. The first anniversary of Japan's 3/11 is this Sunday. The massive earthquake, and the mammoth tsunami that followed claimed more than 22,000 lives. But it was the ensuing nuclear disaster, the largest since Chernobyl, that had the entire world worried. And nerves over nuclear still persist. Was the crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant a game changer for the nuclear industry?

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.

For more on that,we were joined by Kennette Benedict. She's the Executive Director of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, and she's a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

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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