A nuclear accident resulting in an off-site release of radio active contamination is likely to generate significant quantities of radioactive waste, due to the redeposition of such waste in the surroundings, apart from the problem of dealing with the damaged nuclear fuel remaining in the plant.ThatisthecaseaftertheFukushimacatastrophe.
Existing legislation, albeit applicable, is generic in nature and will need to be supplemented by policy and regulatory measures, as dictated by the particular circumstances of the accident (inventory, removal and storage of contaminated material, extraction of damaged fuel, processing, etc.). Their social and economic implications will inevitably be huge and sensitive. Past experience from earlier accidents like TMI 2 in the USA or Chernobyl (USSR) is not going to be very helpful for the post-accident management of Fukushima for various reasons.
To make more socially acceptable and efficient decisions, competent authorities must seek the best technical expertise available and consult with stakeholders. Authorities will also need to engage the affected population, with a view to arrive at informed choices and build confidence.
Thursday, 23 March 2017
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