Nuclear safety renaissance ongoing post Fukushima

Complacency in the nuclear power industry was evident prior to the Fukushima plant disaster last year.

The nuclear energy world had become “a bit complacent” before the devastating accident at the Fukushima Daiichi plant in Japan exactly one year ago, the head of the agency that promotes the safe use of atomic power has admitted, according to the Guardian.

While in its early years the nuclear world paid a lot of attention to safety, after construction had started again in the wake of the Chernobyl accident in 1986, “we had a nuclear renaissance and perhaps we got a bit complacent”, Yukiya Amano, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, told the Financial Times in an interview, adding that complacency “is the enemy of nuclear safety”.

But the Fukushima accident, the veteran Japanese diplomat said, had proven “an important wake-up call” that had itself triggered a “nuclear safety renaissance”.

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