August 30, 2016 6:00 AM EDT
Disaster by Design/Safety by Intent #47
UCS launched this blog series about a year ago. Until now, the series focused on Disaster by Design by describing steps taken along the path to disaster, including a few times that journey was completed. Beginning with this commentary, the focus will flip to Safety by Intent by describing times when measures undertaken by the nuclear industry and/or the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) enhanced nuclear safety. The measures could prevent even embarking down the path to disaster, or hasten to halt that journey if started, or building in more steps between the start and end of the journey to make it less likely all steps ever get taken.
The initial commentary for this refocused series describes commendable measures undertaken by the NRC and the nuclear industry to better manage the risk from gas accumulating within plant systems and equipment to cause harm. Read more >