Made in Japan

Are nuclear reactors in the U.S. doomed to repeat the mistakes of the past? According to some reports, U.S. nuclear plants are suffering from the same complacency and collusion that the Japanese reactors and regulatory committee suffered from prior to the earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011. Is it just a matter of time before a U.S. nuclear reactor suffers a critical breakdown in its systems caused by a natural or manmade disaster? According to, the U.S. has no excuse to not be prepared following the lessons learned from Fukushima.

While the disaster at Fukushima could not have been prevented in its entirety, if proper policies and oversights had been implemented, the situation could have been mitigated and the impact on the people and environment around the plant would have been far less damaging. As it is now, recovery will be a long process.

In the U.S. the nuclear power industry more often than not gets its way with a weak Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Several ideas have been proposed to strengthen U.S. nuclear power plants, such as the strengthening of current emergency planning regulations and the expansion of current emergency planning zones. And while some progress has been made, the emergency preparedness and response plans at these plants don’t go far enough. What it boils down to, according to the ENS article, is that those who run nuclear plants want less planning, not more.

As such, is the U.S. nuclear industry doomed to repeat the mistakes of the past with the American public receiving the fallout after a major disaster? Time will tell. But many in and around the industry are still seeking implementation of prevention strategies and more stringent rules and regulations now or in the near future.

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