Nuclear safety: A dangerous veil of secrecy, Aljazeera, August 11, 2011:
[... G]enerally speaking, [M.V. Ramana, a researcher at Princeton University specialising in the nuclear industry] said that nuclear researchers have a stake in reassuring the pubic that nothing bad is happening.
“‘How is this going to affect the future of nuclear power?’That’s the first thought that came into their heads,” said Ramana, adding, “They basically want to ensure that people will keep constructing nuclear power plants.”
For instance, a May report by MIT’s Center For Advanced Nuclear Energy Systems (where TEPCO funds a chair) points out that while the Daiichi disaster has resulted in “calls for cancellation of nuclear construction projects and reassessments of plant license extensions” which might “lead to a global slow-down of the nuclear enterprise,” that “the lessons to be drawn from the Fukushima accident are different.”
Among the report’s closing thoughts are concerns that “Decision-making in the immediate aftermath of a major crisis is often influenced by emotion,” and whether”an accident like Fukushima, which is so far beyond design basis, really warrant a major overhaul of current nuclear safety regulations and practises?”
“If so,” wonder the authors, “When is safe safe enough? Where do we draw the line?” [...]
Published: August 11th, 2011 at 10:41 am ET