China, in its wisdom, has opened a new Nuclear Power Plant which began construction in November of 2012. With radiation leaking from Fukushima, which is still not under control, it would seem evident that no lessons have been learnt by the leaders of China.
The website China Daily reports:
“Unit 4 of the Yangjiang nuclear power plant, China’s biggest nuclear power plant located in Guangdong province, has had a good safety record, said CGN, which is also the world’s fifth-biggest nuclear operator with 19 nuclear power units in operation and an installed capacity of 20.38 gigawatts at the end of 2016.”
“Six units are planned for the Yangjiang plant, with Unit 1 entering commercial operation in March 2014, Unit 2 and Unit 3 in June 2015 and January 2016, respectively. And all six reactors will be put into operation by 2019, said the company.
CGN’s total annual nuclear on-grid power generation was roughly 115.58 GWh in 2016, a year-on-year increase of 30.8%, which is equivalent to a reduction in coal consumption of 37 million tonnes and carbon dioxide emissions of 90 million tonnes and sulfur dioxide emissions of 880,000 tonnes, it said.
After the Fukushima disaster, nuclear power unit construction was suspended in China and all nuclear plants under planning or construction were reviewed.”
Considering that the disaster at Fukushima is still not under control and continues to leak massive amounts of radiation in to the sea and groundwater, should we still be looking at nuclear energy as a source?
West coast tuna as been found to have radiation from Fukushima, which we eat. The west coast of the US as seen massive spikes in radiation since the 2011 disaster and we still build nuclear plants on fault lines and areas in the world that are prone to earthquakes. Another Fukushima type disaster in the world would be unimaginable.
Is humanity really hell-bent on annihilating itself, or is it just me?