09 Jun '11, 9pm

After Fukushima, Wikileaks points to the disasters waiting to happen:

Industry regulators need to be indepdendent – needless to say, this isn’t just a problem with authoritarian regimes. Lack of independence has been noted as a problem with Japan’s nuclear regulation – and America’s, as well. Corruption can lead to corners being cut in construction and maintenance – again, not just a problem in third world countries. Infrastructure – “Poor roads would be a problem if a nuclear plant was crippled and urgently needed emergency support.” Fuel storage – “Where are they going to store the used fuel … More advanced countries can’t even get that right, so how’s Vietnam going to?” Technical competence – the report quotes Pham Duy Hien, one of Vietnam’s leading nuclear scientists and a former director of the Dalat Nuclear Institute. “The safety of a nuclear power plant does not depend on the equipment, the technical aspects or the design, but mostly ...

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