I find risk assessment fascinating, especially with the issue is a nuclear power plant. Unfortunately, the basis for beginning risk assessment doesn’t include the underlying risks we are choosing to engage in just by continuing down the nuclear path.
Senior Risk Analyst
Office of New Reactors
When it comes to the safety of using nuclear power to generate electricity, the NRC mission is protecting people from health risks by licensing and regulating nuclear power plant design and operation. In a perfect world there would be no risk at all. In the real world, we focus on managing and reducing risk below its already very low levels.
For instance, you can reduce the risk of a bicycle accident by ensuring you have working brakes and reflectors/lights. Wearing a helmet and leaving your headphones in a pocket while riding also reduce risk, but wrapping yourself in bubble wrap is probably going too far!
We all understand things in our lives that we consider “risks,” like riding a bicycle, by looking at how severe a bad outcome is and how likely that outcome is. The NRC asks three questions when…
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