Friday 22 June 2018

Nicky Larkin: Nuclear fear clouds debate on fuel crisis

Despite the global panic, there has only been two major disasters in 30 years, writes Nicky Larkin

PARTICIPANTS OF INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON BATTLING CHERNOBYL AFTERMATH CHECK RADIATION LEVEL IN CHERNOBYL...Participants of the International conference on battling the Chernobyl disaster aftermath check the radiation level outside the concrete sarcophagus housing Chernobyl nuclear power plant's fourth reactor, April 21, 2001. Fifteen years ago the plant witnessed the world's worct civil nuclear disaster, when the power unit number four exploded during a test of turbine's behaviour in the event of a loss of power from the reactor. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich...I
PARTICIPANTS OF INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON BATTLING CHERNOBYL AFTERMATH CHECK RADIATION LEVEL IN CHERNOBYL...Participants of the International conference on battling the Chernobyl disaster aftermath check the radiation level outside the concrete sarcophagus housing Chernobyl nuclear power plant's fourth reactor, April 21, 2001. Fifteen years ago the plant witnessed the world's worct civil nuclear disaster, when the power unit number four exploded during a test of turbine's behaviour in the event of a loss of power from the reactor. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich...I

Nicky Larkin

LAST week saw the 27th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, an event that altered thinking on nuclear power forever. A quarter of a century later we had the Fukushima disaster in Japan, which prompted fresh nuclear panic across the globe. Protesters took the streets of Tokyo, demanding all Japanese nuclear reactors close by 2020.

The German public also took to the streets, and Angela Merkel immediately shut down eight German reactors, and pledged to close the remaining nine by 2022.

Next door in France, anti-nuclear protesters took to the Parisian streets, demanding an end to their own country's reliance on nuclear power.

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