By Peter Coy – Nuclear power plants will never be completely safe, but they can be made far safer than they are today. The key is humility. The next generation of plants must be built to work with nature—and human nature—rather than against them. They must be safe by design, so that even if every possible thing goes wrong, the outcome will stop short of disaster. In the language of the nuclear industry, they must be “walkaway safe,” meaning that even if all power is lost and the coolant leaks and the operators flee the scene, there will be no meltdown of the core, no fire in the spent fuel rods, and no bursts of radioactive steam into the atmosphere.
Nuclear plants have one thing going for them that hasn’t changed since the leak at Fukushima. They generate badly needed electricity without creating greenhouse gases that cause global warming. more> http://tinyurl.com/4fsyog4