I generally follow the nuclear electric industry through the Brave New Climate site, strongly pro-nuclear. This is something I would tend to agree with, though cautiously, as with everything sold as a panacea without addressing the need to decrease consumption.
But, bad news continues to come out of Fukushima.
Radioactive groundwater at the Fukushima nuclear plant has likely risen above an underground barrier meant to contain it, presenting an "emergency" that its operator is not addressing properly, a watchdog official warned on Monday.
This water is likely seeping into the sea, exceeding legal limits of radioactive discharge , Shinji Kinjo, head of Japan's Nuclear Regulatory Authority task force, told Reuters. He said a workaround planned by Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) will only forestall the growing problem temporarily.
"Right now we have a state of emergency," Kinjo said, adding there was a "rather high possibility" that the radioactive wastewater has breached the barrier and is rising towards the ground's surface.
One of the problems with Japanese reporting is the hyping of problems and the phlegmatism of the people happening simultaneously. Plenty of emotive descriptions such as "tainted" thrown around in the article.
Especially worrying in all this scenario is the fact that the Japanese, of all people, are concerned about the quality of their engineering, presumably with some of the world's best engineering facilities on-site.
We, also, have constructed a nuclear facility on a site facing the coast struck directly by the Great Asian Tsunami of 2004. We also have a People's Movement opposing this, although they appear to have been neutralised for the moment. Nuclear power, together with an active anti-nclear movement to hold the government's feet to the fire at all times seems to be about the right mix. But only if Fukushima stays safe.