Washington Post: Nuclear Accidents are Not Inevitable


Nuclear accidents are not unavoidable or inevitable. The technology can be safe with proper human oversight, points out a new report detailing the March 2011 disaster at Fukushima Daiichi.

The report, delivered by an investigating commission appointed by the Japanese Diet, shows that almost everything that went incorrectly at the reactor was caused by human error. The commission chairman, Kiyoshi Kurokawa, said, “It was a profoundly man-made disaster — that could and should have been foreseen and prevented.”

The Washington Post editorial board offers this opinion: “We believe it will be necessary for decades to come as an alternative to burning fossil fuels that lead to global warming. But there is an essential caveat: Nuclear energy demands exacting care and discipline to manage, as well as openness with the public about conditions and dangers.”

Read their full story here.
Related reading: “The Japan Fukushima Commission Report” from NEI.