A photo from inside Japan's Fukushima plant. Photo: AP

Good news amid Japan’s ongoing problems and fears about radiation from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant – radioactive levels in the water have dropped to safe levels and the lights in the Number 1 reactor are back on, which may mean that the cooling system can soon be restored and nuclear catastrophe averted. Still, there’s plenty of work to be done.

The nuclear energy industry is looking for any positives in the barrage of negatives in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan a couple of weeks ago. Making sure that people are safe and restoring some sense of normalcy to life in quake-stricken parts of the country are of greatest importance right now. But the nuclear energy industry is also consumed with the damage that the tenuous situation could be doing to its future.

“Can the reputation of the nuclear power industry be saved?” reads a headline on Katie Paine‘s blog The Measurement Standard. Answer: “No; too many problems, too many protests.”

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