In my opinion, no nuclear power cannot be made safe. From mining, to refining, to fuel fabrication, to multiple examples of failed containment, to a total lack of responsible planning in regard to the extremely dangerous, highly radioactive used fuel that will be a very expensive and potentially deadly liability for 100,000 years, nuclear power has failed at every level.So, make up your mind, joke-dude. Can nuclear be made safer or not? If not, why should be billions be spent putting lipstick on a sow?
The nuclear industry has had more than 50 years and billions of taxpayer dollars to prove itself and has nothing to show after all of this time and money but a lot of leaking plants, abandoned mines, radioactive landfills and thousands of tons of "depleted" uranium munitions permanently poisoning our land, air and water. Radioactive waste that the public will have to pay to manage for many thousands of years, for some it will cost them their lives.
The manner in which our nuclear industry is currently being manged is criminal, the NRC is being manipulated by the very industry it is supposed to be regulating and the public is being kept in the dark and left out of the decision making process.
It should be considered a criminal act when a company recklessly soups up a half century old antique of a reactor to run at 120%, leaks millions of gallons of radioactive waste laced with tritium, Strontium-90, cesium-137, zinc-65, manganese-54, and cobalt-60 to name a few, denies that it has underground pipes that carry said radioactive waste, then makes a half-hearted attempt to clean it up.
But it was somehow not against the law. None of the employees who were responsible for this gross negligence or the many Entergy representatives who "miscommunicated" in front of state and federal officials under sworn testimony were ever arrested and the company was never even fined a penny.
The NRC is a joke and the nuclear industry has clearly demonstrated that profit is more important than public safety. They have no problem taking their profit and leaving the taxpayers with a 100,000 year radioactive fuel legacy and countless, expensive polluted mines, refineries, battlefields and radioactive dumps to manage indefinitely.
It is high time we end this madness.