Nuclear power has an image problem and Fukushima certainly didn't help that at all.<quoted text>
What irritates me about nuclear programs in the US, is all the waste-- if they would simply re-process the "spent" fuel rods next to working nuclear piles, it could be reused several times, before all the useful isotopes are gone.
By the time it decays into lighter elements, there is not all that much leftover for deep-crust burial.
The majority of "waste" is really low-level stuff anyway (like tools, clothing, protective gear, etc). That could be handled in a very different way than at present, where it's treated as if it were made of "super kooties" or something-- if it were incinerated, and the exhaust carefully collected, you'd have 1/100th of the mass/volume or better--sure, it'd be higher level radiation, but much-much smaller to dispose of. Cheaper, too.
The whole thing is fraught with arbitrary silliness, and hampered by morons who are afraid of their shadows-- if the "nuclear" word is attached? They are against it--even if it was "nuclear medicine".
A properly engineered and properly >>maintained<< reactor NOT located on a fault line or in a hurricane zone is safer than houses-- certainly MUCH safer than damns are.
The key is oversight-- NOT from the company profiting from the endeavor, but by an interested, but unbiased 3rd party.
Typically this would be government-- but alas, our government is too easy to corrupt these days.
For proof? The ReThuglican Party-- who allowed itself to be bought off by gun manufacturers, instead of enacting REASONABLE protections for the citizenry.
It's like we're still stuck in the 1970's nuclear power plant designs based on 1960's technology.
It'd be like trying to run the Internet on Apollo spacecraft computers.
I find it difficult to believe that nuclear physicists haven't come up with a better power plant.(well, I have seen some but didn't really delve into it too much. Not a particular interest to go into the details.)
Or that we can't have the resolve to place those power plants in safer areas other than near earthquake zones or near the ocean.
That idea of eminent domain was to utilize certain land areas suitable for the common good. Examples: we build dams for power and flood the private properties behind those dams. Railroads were built with that idea because trains aren't exactly known for their cornering ability.