At a symposium held by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers this week, a team of MIT engineers will present an idea that seems to tempt fate: A floating nuclear reactor, anchored out at sea, that would be immune to tsunamis and earthquakes. Is it really that crazy of a plan?
Nicholas Jackson over at The Atlantic has a great piece about the tear down of the Zion nuclear power plant in Illinois that was permanently deactivated in 1998 after both of it's reactors were accidentally/coincidentally shut down. But even when done properly, complete removal isn't so simple.
Following the Fukushima disaster, Germany's decided that its 17 nuclear power plants will either stay closed, or be shut down in the next 11 years, despite relying on nuclear power for almost 23 per cent of its energy.
The brave Fukushima 50 are still soldiering on at the damaged nuclear plant, but two have been hospitalized after working on the No. 3 reactor today.
After Saturday's blast at Fukushima's No.1 reactor and Monday's blast at the No.3 reactor, we were hoping that'd be the end to the nuclear plant nightmares. Unfortunately a third blast occurred in the small hours of today, at the second reactor.