okr said:

My opinion is the same as it was before and after Chernobyl, before and after Fukushima:  No, thanks.

Chernobyl and Fukushima were/are not "small issues" as Conegamer thinks and I'm afraid that - even in the unlikely case that another nuclear power plant catastrophe won't ever happen again - the thousands of tons of radioactive waste which are buried around the world will cause more problems in the future than anyone can imagine now.

I don't know why anyone keeps comparing Chernobyl to what's happening in Japan. They are not even close.

Chernobyl was an old and simply unsafe reactor that due to its really poor design created a major disaster that has had ramifications for decades.

Japan's issue is more like 3 mile island in US. Its a FAR better design that has numerous safety precautions and like the 3mi island issue, it won't have long term effects beyond the cost of rebuilding replacements.


It had no major health issues and withing a relatively short period of time clean up was completed.

Japan's reactors are more advanced than that and will be contained with no major human health issues.