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Fukushima shows success of nuclear – says Ziggy Spinowski

……That the plant remains largely intact is extraordinary….there is no report of a nuclear-related fatality nor any case of radiation sickness from exposure to elevated radioactivity……media coverage of this nuclear crisis has taught Australians more about the nuclear fuel cycle,…nuclear power remains the best and only option.

Japan crisis teaches much about value of nuclear Ziggy Switkowski  Herald Sun * March 25, 2011 WHY build nuclear power stations in Japan? Because that’s where the people are – 126 million in a habitable area smaller than Victoria.

……That the plant remains largely intact is extraordinary given most structures in that area are severely damaged.

The earthquake and tsunami cracked dams, exploded oil storages, ignited coal and gas-fired power stations and killed many people.

But at this point, there is no report of a nuclear-related fatality nor any case of radiation sickness from exposure to elevated radioactivity……

Much depends on progress over the next few weeks. The reactors and associated spent fuel ponds must be stabilised, emergency workers remain safe, radiation releases contained, community and food exposure to excess radioactivity eliminated, and residents returned to their homes in the exclusion zone……

The volume of construction will continue – especially in China, India, central Europe and North Africa……interestingly, the saturation media coverage of this nuclear crisis has taught Australians more about the nuclear fuel cycle, spent fuel storage and radioactivity in a week than we learned as a community in the past 30 years.

With this understanding should come better informed judgments about the risk-reward trade-offs with all energy decisions.

And we will conclude that if we want an industrial strength electricity system, while reducing dependence on fossil fuels, then nuclear power remains the best and only option.

Ziggy Switkowski is chancellor of RMIT University and former chair of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation.

March 25, 2011 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, marketing for nuclear

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