The Fukushima-Daiichi meltdowns certainly turned the opinions of many people and governments against nuclear power – including Germany and Italy, the UK being a notable exception. However, the reaction within the nuclear research and engineering community itself has not been one of ‘radical re-thinking’ or ‘course changes’. Amongst technologists, what transpired in Japan isn’t really […]

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This month I asked ‘What impact has nuclear waste had (or will have) on the environment?’  While the accidental release of radionuclides into the environment would certainly be a bad thing, numerous safeguards make this quite improbable. In fact the vast majority of the effect that nuclear waste has on the environment comes instead from […]

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