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Nuclear Power’s Next Big Event

Robert Hargraves writes in RealClearEnergy about the safety of nuclear power.

The C3 Take
  • Nuclear power’s potential to deliver reliable, clean energy to American consumers is being thwarted by onerous regulations.
  • Radiation standards that require power plants to emit levels of radiation that are as Low As Reasonably Achievable (ALARA), increase the cost of deploying nuclear power for minimal public health benefits.
  • Nuclear power is among the safest forms of energy (behind only solar). Regulations and laws should be crafted to encourage more development, not hold back innovation.

“Nuclear power growth will end with the next radiation release unless we replace regulators with people who observe facts and consequences. The near century of concessions changing 1934 radiation limits from 40 microSv/hour to 0.001 Sv/year has not reduced harm one bit, but has increased public fear because the more restrictive limits have no evidential justification. Fear of nuclear power has killed many more people than radiation.”

Read the full article here.

The views and opinions expressed are those of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of C3.

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