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Nuclear is great, so long as you don't bother calculating in the risk costs.


Exactly! That is why nuclear experts around the world are rethinking the definition of safety for nuclear power plants.


Invitation only Nuclear Safety meeting was held in Washington, D.C., last December to seek consensus on broadened safety goals enunciated in the ASME Presidential Task Force report on Fukushima. Some highlights from that meeting:

A group of more than 100 of the world’s top nuclear industry executives are rethinking the definition of nuclear safety. They believe that it must expand to include social and economic disruption.

Dominique Miniere, executive vice president of Electricite de France, which operates 58 nuclear reactors, put it bluntly:

“Imagine that a person has to leave his home, and his grandson cannot come back. I think he is right to protest, and in fact, I share his opinion. If we can not guarantee there is no contamination, we should shut down our nuclear power plants. We are first human beings, then engineers.”

Reference: ASME’s Mechanical Engineering Magazine, March 2013, page 11.


The other countries have filters or are adding filters on their containment vents to prevent the widespread releases of radioactive materials after a nuclear reactor core meltdown. The reactor manufacturer's recommend these filters and offer them as part of their nuclear services. The NRC staff recently recommended to the NRC commissioners that US plants also install these filters for added safety. However, the nuclear industry wants profits over safety so they rolled the NRC to go back and study the need for filters again.

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