p. 625. Nuclear safety
- Maxwell Irvine
‘ Nuclear safety’ explains the risks associated with the use and production of nuclear power and responds to some of the concerns frequently raised. We can rule out the possibility of a nuclear explosion: nuclear power stations do not have weapons-grade fuel on-site. The automatic shut-down of reactors is a result of fail-safe engineering — if the reactor begins to operate outside its design parameters it closes itself down. It was precisely the lack of fail-safe engineering that resulted in the Chernobyl disaster. The safety record of nuclear power stands favourable comparison with any other global industry of a similar scale.