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Using Risk Estimates to Guide Nuclear Safety

Using Risk Estimates to Guide Nuclear Safety

Associated Press Sometimes nuclear plants suffer near-misses related to hazards that operators had not thought about. For example, the Davis-Besse power plant in Ohio, above, had no safety systems designed to cope with a vessel head failure, which nearly occurred there in 2002. Virtually since the inception of civilian nuclear power, critics have argued that the regulators do not draft or apply rules in a way that is appropriate to the risks. Oddly, the regulators sometimes agree; the rules and practices governing reactor safety, they say, are a patchwork. So experts at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission have produced a study that proposes to reorganize its rules over the next 10 to 15 years. The goal is to more uniformly protect public health and safety, from a reactor in a crowded suburb to one in a lonely desert, from a truck carrying radioactive waste to a medical offic...

Full article: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/18/using-risk-esti...

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