Fukushima. Chernobyl. Three Mile Island. There’s been some big nuclear accidents over the past few decades, but how dangerous is nuclear power really? We take you inside the core of America’s biggest nuclear power plant and trace what went wrong at Fukushima to try to figure out: when will the next meltdown happen? And what our chances are of getting cancer from it? This week we talk to Dr. Spencer Wheatley, Dr. Jonathan Samet, and Jack Cadogan, an executive at the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station.
If you have a passing interest in national energy policy (and who doesn’t?!?), the conclusions won’t be surprising. But the details about how exactly all the security precautions at Fukushima failed are fascinating, as are the various formulas for determining how likely a meltdown is to occur.