Title: The Next Chernobyl?
Source: New York Times Op-Ed
Authors: Gary M. Sandquist, professor emeritus of mechanical and nuclear engineering at the University of Utah.; Khosrow B. Semnani, author
Date: Jan 2, 2013
[...] haphazard planning and ongoing technical problems mean [Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant] could be the next Chernobyl, igniting a humanitarian disaster and explosive economic damage across the oil-rich region.
[...] Bushehr sits on an active fault line, raising the risks of a Fukushima-type catastrophe. Unless action is taken, the likelihood of an accident is far too high for the international community to ignore.
[...] Iran simply lacks the civil preparedness capabilities to respond to a tragedy on the scale of Chernobyl or Fukushima. [...]
The I.A.E.A. should focus on the safety of the Bushehr plant with the same eye for detail that it uses to detect any weaponization program. Hundreds of thousands of lives depend on it, as do world oil markets, the global economy, and the world’s collective security.
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Published: January 2nd, 2013 at 5:26 pm ET