Originally Posted by Obakemono;13696689
HUH?? The Fukushima plant was built to withstand a 7.9 earthquake (Japan was preparing for the large EQ in southern Honshu, not northern Honshu), and a tsunami of up to 4 meters (5 meter high seawall). The EQ was 9.0 and the tsunami that hit the plant was nearly 10 meters high. Yes, there were design flaws, but go back to Tater Tot's comments, Fukushima was a 1st gen power plant that was designed in the 60's, and they stored spent fuel on site as well. Current generation light water reactors are very safe, but they are not allowed to be built because of the tree huggers who think that solar and wind power will be able to replace coal and nat gas right now, they are wrong. Someone needs to take away your keyboard.
Still. 50 years is long enough to update your procedures and your storage. Coming from a plant myself, I understand the "red-tape" to improve on things. But taking them into your own hands pushes things forward. Frankly, that plant never did anything of the sort.
I'm saying that the recent disgust towards Nuclear energy was because of the leak. Not because the plant got leveled or Green peace "OMGWTHBBQ". You are suppose to design protective systems, as an engineer, to withstand more then what is expected and improve over the years. Decades of using the same practice is well discourage over here.
Originally Posted by lordikon;13691322
How many people die each year due to issues from burning coal or gas? Sure Nuclear power isn't perfect, but I'd wager it has killed far less people than viable alternative methods. The problem is that with Nuclear the effects are much more measurable, which increases the number of people that will freak out about things they don't fully understand.
Being someone who works in this field, most of the deaths caused by burning coal and or gas are more related to depression, overworking, and or work related injuries that happen anywhere that involves construction then Oil or gas directly.