August 21, 2013 | Pippa

It's been reported this week that there's been a serious leak of radioactive water from the Fukushima nuclear power plant. It brings back sad memories of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan in 2011.

The leak has again sparked questions about whether nuclear energy can ever be safe.

I still think nuclear power needs to be part of our energy future. No power generation is totally safe, but I think properly regulated, monitored nuclear power is much better than being reliant on fossil fuels.

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Three hundred tonnes of highly radioactive water has leaked into the ground.

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Image: Flickr/Michael Kappel

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