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Originally posted by xmotex
Anti-nuclear fearmongering is an old habit for some self-described "environmentalists", funny enough when you consider that nuclear is one of the few practical energy sources that does not contribute to global warning. But some of these folks won't be happy until we're all living in mud huts
The top Japanese nuclear power company yesterday conceded it had under-reported the amount of radiation in contaminated water that leaked into the ocean after its nuclear plant was hit by an earthquake this week.TEPCO announced yesterday that the leak of radioactive water into the Sea of Japan was in fact 50 per cent bigger than initially announced on Monday night. But the leak was still well below danger levels, it said.
The size of the radioactive leak was 90,000 becquerels, not 60,000, TEPCO said. Spokesman Jun Oshima said the amount was still "one-billionth of Japan's legal limit".
The mayor ordered that a nuclear power plant hit by a strong earthquake be shut down Wednesday until its safety could be confirmed after a long list of problems -- including radiation leaks, burst pipes and fires -- came to light.
The facility is the world's largest nuclear plant in power output capacity. Japan's nuclear plants supply about 30 percent of the country's electricity, but its dependence on nuclear power is coupled with deep misgivings over safety.
Building a nuclear plant on a freakin fault line??