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Current Designs Address Safety Problems in Fukushima Reactors

Science  25 Mar 2011:
Vol. 331, Issue 6024, pp. 1506
DOI: 10.1126/science.331.6024.1506

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Despite the severity of the accident at the Fukushima I plant, nuclear reactor designers don't expect the same type of backlash against the nuclear industry as occurred a generation ago after Three Mile Island and Chernobyl. Their confidence rests on the fact that the reactors being built or planned today are quite different—and they say much safer—than those that are still smoldering in Japan.