Associated Press (2014, June 15). Fukushima No. 1 meltdowns stir industry quest for ‘safer’ nuclear fuel Designs by U.S. researchers offer hope of heading off future meltdowns. The Japan Times, available http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/06/15/national/science-health/wake-fukushima-disaster-industry-explores-accident-resistant-fuel/#.U58DI7G9YpM
[excerpted] In response to the disaster at the Fukushima No. 1 plant, the U.S. government dramatically increased funding to develop tougher protective skins for nuclear fuel, hoping to spur innovation in designs that had not changed much in years.While the Department of Energy was spending $2 million on fuel designs before the March 2011 meltdowns, the funding reached as much as $30 million afterward.Now scientists at multiple institutes are in the middle of developing designs that could start finding their way into test reactors as early as this summer, followed by larger tests later on.The goal is to create nuclear fuel that is more resistant to damage and melting in extreme situations and less prone to a chemical reaction that makes its metal wrapping brittle and produces explosive hydrogen gas....[ end]
Majia here: Implicitly acknowledged in this passage is the following truth:
Nuclear fuel is subject damage and melting, which cause the release of genotoxic DNA and explosive gas
Despite its truth-telling, this story was designed as propaganda because it aims to persuade readers that safety can be successfully engineered into nuclear energy, when it cannot.
After seventy years, our best engineers have not come up with successful strategies for containing nuclear waste at every stage of the cycle - from mining, manufacturing, reactor use, and long-term storage.
Radioactive elements are not easily contained by human engineering, but they are sequestered by nature as they bio-accumulate in biological bodies, including human ones.