Can nuclear energy plants be made safe? Probably. Can we trust CEOs, regulators and inspectors to ensure that the reactors are built and maintained in a safe and secure manner? Absolutely not!!
Senators Schumer and McConnell speak out in favor of nuclear energy.
Until recently, I was a strong supporter of nuclear power plants. It seemed the wave of the future, an inevitability and the technology is available to make the plants safe and sound.
Could we trust contractors who build the plants to make them safe? Could we trust that a contractor would not skimp on testing and materials to enhance the bottom line?
Could we trust that a CEO in charge of operating a nuclear plant would not economize by minimizing maintenance or extending scheduled repairs or purchasing inferior material?
Could we trust that government regulators and inspectors would ensure that required testing of materials was accomplished, that weld x-rays were accurate and certifications genuine?
In another country perhaps. But as conditions exist in the United States of America today we can trust neither contractors, nor executives in charge nor government regulators and inspectors to perform their duties as required by law. In a country where baksheesh has become a way of life, we proceed with the construction of nuclear power plants at our peril.