Failure in one of Europe’s nuclear power plants? Residents receive iodine tablets. Prevention, panic or masking the effects of a catastrophe?

Nuclear energy started to look like a panacea for our addiction to oil, but today it’s more a pact with the devil ” –  said Eugene Robinson.

Man is addicted to energy, so for decades he has been looking for ways to make it affordable, cheap and effective, and with minimal environmental damage. Unfortunately, not all solutions that seemed good at the beginning proved to be correct in the long run.

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In the middle of the twentieth century, scientists learned to use energy from nuclear fission cleavage, which in the power industry began the era of nuclear power plants. The first such facility was a nuclear power plant in Obninsk (USSR), opened in 1954.

Energy from the cleft of the atom has made a dizzying career: already in the seventies a dozen or so reactors were started every year in the world! Both Europeans and Americans are eager to invest in new nuclear power plants, seeing great investments in energy security for years to come.

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The rapture over nuclear power plants was due to two facts: energy production was cheap, and the objects themselves functioned flawlessly. This situation did not last forever: everything changed in 1986 when the Chernobyl nuclear power plant exploded in Russia. After this event, the world realized that the energy made this way is very risky and can cost millions of lives.

In the nineties, therefore, the construction of nuclear power plants began to be limited, but there was a problem of what to do with those already in operation. Germans and Belgians, who are living in the shadow of the Tihange nuclear power plant, are now facing this question. Experts say catastrophe hangs in the air, and maybe even has happened already …

Will Europe again be contaminated by a cloud of radioactive vapors? Details can be found on the next page. 

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