US issues are many. Hanford, Los Alamos, Oak ridge, etc? The job did not get done. It is part of the legacy, fair or not. There is no facility for storing spent NPP fuel. 50, 60 years into the thing, no US place to put the fuel. They did not get it done. SFPs are dangerously full, past their design basis, and vulnerable.
Chernobyl, Fukushima. You folks may never go home. An acceptable risk? These are legit, open questions that have nothing to do with politics/ideology, or unfounded fears.
Public confidence would change, I believe, if a serious effort was made at Fuku, and attention paid as to what to do with the waste. Right now, radioactivity flows to the sea, no plan, no answers, and no real effort. In comparison, the Russians are getting it done. It took help? Fine. Internationally the industry needs to step up, to speak out to say, we got this. That is exactly what is not happeneing.
I think the industry has nobody to blame but themselves. WIPP, designed to last 15,000 years, made it to 15. What happened at Fuku?
That is not acceptable, it must not happen, period. There is no room for error.
The final fact may decide it all for folks, really it has for me. But i am trying to be open. The bad apples are not the standard, but in this game, there is no safe place for the bad apples, the industry has to simply not tolerate it. Instead, they cower together, pay lobbyists, lie, coverup, etc. They routinely sell safety short for profit. This is TEPCO. They merit the focus of attention here.