National Academia of Sciences Fukushima report on implications for US reactors:“Accidents will happen”
While Beyond Nuclear continues its review and analysis of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) recently released report on the “Lessons Learned From The Fukushima Nuclear Accident For Improving Safety Of U.S. Nuclear Plants” it must be noted at the outset that the central and the most important lesson continues to be unlearned. As it is often quoted, “accidents will happen” but in a post-Fukushima world, the consequences are now absolutely unacceptable. These dangerous and fundamentally flawed reactors must be promptly and permanently shutdown including the 23 Mark I units and the 8 Mark II units still operating in the United States. This is the most rational conclusion in the interest of public safety and the environment given the demonstrated 100% failure rate of the three General Electric Mark I boiling water reactors that were operational on March 11, 2011, that resulted in three reactor meltdowns, three breaches of the all important containment structures and the ongoing uncontrolled release of radioactivity now more than three years after the catastrophe.