Policy ForumNUCLEAR SAFETY

Preventing the Next Fukushima

Science  16 Sep 2011:
Vol. 333, Issue 6049, pp. 1580-1581
DOI: 10.1126/science.1209668

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Summary

While this year's disaster at Japan's Fukushima Dai'ichi plant, the worst since Chernobyl in 1986, was caused by the one-two punch of a huge earthquake followed by an immense tsunami—a disaster unlikely to occur in many locations—it revealed technical and institutional weaknesses that must be fixed around the world. If nuclear power is to grow on the scale required to be a significant part of the solution to global climate disruption or scarcity of fossil fuels, major steps are needed to rebuild confidence that nuclear facilities will be safe from accidents and secure against attacks (1).