Saturday, November 9, 2019

Cost-Cutting at Fukushima Daiichi

Apparently Japan's Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NRA) conducted a survey studying safety in deocmmissioning at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. The results of the survey were not hopeful:
Yuka Saito and Suzuko Araki (2019, Nov 8). Nuclear regulator says cost-cutting culture creating mistakes, delays at Fukushima plant. The Mainichi,

Decommissioning efforts following the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station have been hit by delays and a series of mistakes contravening safety rules relating to the operation of nuclear facilities.
In the US, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is making headway loosening security on spent fuel storage despite the dangers, as illustrated here:

Several years ago the US NRC cancelled a study examining cancer risks around US nuclear plants, despite results from Europe showing increased incidents of cancer near plants

There are some technologies that are too hazardous for humans - nuclear energy for civilian uses is one example of a technology designed to fail with catastrophic consequences.

Fukushima Daiichi today looking steamy: