Okay, so once again a nuclear plant disaster will put the questions to the American people (if not the international community) ..how safe are these things? Do we have a contingency plan thats reasonable in the face of an emergency? Now the first thing that the NRC (nuclear regulatory commission) will tell you is that the worst nuclear plant disaster that happened in the USA resulted in NO loss of life or property (Three Mile Island back in 1979) with no negative side effects or problems years later .which is not entirely true Three Mile Island - 25 Years Later Three Mile Island Leak: Nuclear Regulatory Commission to Investigate - ABC News Im sure that all the industrial countries around the world that have had nuclear power plants operating for decades without any major incidents will look at Japan and call it an unfortunate and unforeseen phenomena, just as Chernobyl was in Russia . as no one could predict an earthquake and tsunami in Japan affecting the power plants, and no (American) plant has the design of the old Chernobyl plant. Theyll point to the clean efficiency of nuclear power. What they WONT discuss is the following nagging little details ..like the fact that nuclear power plants have NOT delivered the promise of cheap electricity in many parts of this country as well as the rest of the world . like the fact that any changes to surrounding environments due to occasional venting (gas or liquid) is only looked at as non-harmful in the present .or that all the well managed procedures for storage of the deadly waste is just a TEMPORARY procedure that future generations will have to deal with. Heres my point: with hydro, geo-thermal, wind, solar, oil, gas energy sources, even if you have a disaster like a natural gas explosion or oil plant explosion, it is contained within a specific radius, and can in a relative short time be cleaned up and repaired. That is NOT the case when nuclear power is involved. Also, people exposed to cancer causing radiation levels may not show symptoms for decades. People should look to Japan as a wake up call and to force their leadership and industry to RE-THINK the devotion to nuclear power in its present form.