The safety of nuclear energy

 Sellafield

This link is about how a nuclear disaster was narrowly avoided in the early days of the development of the nuclear energy industry. In October 1957 a fire broke out at Sellafield (originally called Windscale) nuclear power station, Britain’s first nuclear reactor. It lasted for three days. Heroic action brought the fire under control. A chart comparing the release of radioactive material  compared with the later disasters at Three Mile Island (1979), Chernobyl (1986) and Fukushima (2011) can be seen here.  Widespread fallout of radioactive material was prevented by the filters placed at the top of the two chimneys that dominate the photo above.

 This 10 minute Japanese video explores the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear disaster four years after it happened. Japan has 20% of the world’s earthquakes and still has 54 nuclear power plants. The radioactive contamination will  last for thousands of years and one local inhabitant concludes that “nuclear power and humans cannot coexist”.

Following the June 2016 Brexit vote in the UK to leave the EU the massive 18 billion GBP project to build a third nuclear power station at Hinkley Point was put on hold. This video (7 mins) by Robert Llewellyn outlines the case against this particular project which would be the most expensive construction and produce the most expensive electricity anywhere on the planet. This blog by Jeremy Williams compares the advantages of investing in renewable sources of electricity now that batteries for storing renewably-produced electricity are to be produced on a massive scale to overcome the problem of intermediacy or variable levels of solar and wind -generated power.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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