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    [–] 45 years of Swiss nuclear waste boogersaremyfriend 1 points ago in europe

    It's unfair to talk about risks in terms of certainty without also considering outcome. It's not that the likelihood of an error is high for nuclear energy, it isn't. However, the outcome when the rare event occurs is devastating. A nuclear accident can leave vast areas of land and cities uninhabitable for centuries or even millennia. So even if a Chernobyl type event only happens once every 100 years or so, the area might be uninhabitable for a thousand years. They estimate that the precise area of the Chernobyl meltdown (the cement sarcophagus) won't be safe for humans for 20,000 years.