Would a New Nuclear Plant Fare Better Than Fukushima?

National Geographic: For a world that was on the brink of a major expansion in nuclear power, a key question raised by the Fukushima Daiichi crisis is this: Would brand-new reactors have fared better in the power outage that triggered dangerous overheating at one of Japan's oldest power plants? The answer seems to be: Not necessarily. The nuclear industry has developed reactors that rely on so-called "passive safety" systems that could address the turn of events that occurred in Japan--the loss of power to pump......

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