Is Fukushima the new normal for nuclear reactors?

Sovacool, Benjamin (2013) Is Fukushima the new normal for nuclear reactors? Chain Reaction, 119. pp. 28-29. ISSN 0312-1372

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Abstract

The new crisis at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan saw radioactive water leak again from the crippled facility, raising fears that groundwater flowing into the Pacific Ocean could be contaminated. The Japanese government also raised the international incident level - the scale used to assess nuclear accidents - from one to three out of seven. The original nuclear meltdown following the 2011 Japanese earthquake was scaled seven. Even if Fukushima was ultimately caused by the 2011 earthquake and ensuing tsunami, accidents such as this beg the question: can nuclear energy ever be truly safe? There are three reasons to think that nuclear accidents are common, and could increase - and it's not because of the technology. Let's have a look at the evidence.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Depositing User: Benjamin Sovacool
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2016 10:13
Last Modified: 03 Jun 2016 10:45
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/58373
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