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Author Acton, James M

Title Why Fukushima was preventable / James M. Acton and Mark Hibbs
Published Washington, DC : Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 2012
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Description 1 online resource (43 pages) : illustrations (digital, PDF file)
Series Carnegie papers
Working papers (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace)
Contents Summary. -- Introduction. -- The accident sequence. -- Identifying key questions. -- Underestimating the threat. -- Predicting disaster. -- A missed opportunity? -- How could the plant have been protected? -- International best practices. -- Why weren't these practices and actions carried out at Fukushima Daiichi? -- Conclusion. -- Notes. -- About the authors. -- Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Summary The Fukushima accident was preventable. Had the plant's owner, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), and Japan's regulator, the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA), followed international best practices and standards, it is conceivable that they would have predicted the possibility of the plant being struck by a massive tsunami. The plant would have withstood the tsunami had its design previously been upgraded in accordance with state-of-the-art safety approaches. Though there is no single reason for TEPCO and NISA's failure to follow international best practices and standards, a number of potential underlying causes can be identified. In the final analysis, the Fukushima accident does not reveal a previously unknown fatal flaw associated with nuclear power. Rather, it underscores the importance of periodically reevaluating plant safety in light of dynamic external threats and of evolving best practices, as well as the need for an effective regulator to oversee this process
Analysis Best practice
International comparisons
Nuclear power plants
Nuclear reactors
Nuclear safeguards
Overseas item
Risk management
STER Nuclear Reactors - Japan
Tidal waves
Notes "Nuclear policy."
March 2012
Title from PDF cover screen (viewed on Mar. 9, 2012)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 33-40)
Notes Mode of access: World Wide Web
System requirements: Adobe Acrobat Reader
Subject Genshiryoku Anzen Kiban Kikō -- Rules and practice -- Evaluation
Tōkyō Denryoku Kabushiki Kaisha -- Rules and practice -- Evaluation
Genshiryoku Anzen Kiban Kikō
Tōkyō Denryoku Kabushiki Kaisha.
Fukushima Nuclear Disaster (Japan : 2011)
Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (Japan) -- Accidents
Fukushima Nuclear Disaster, Japan, 2011
Nuclear power plants -- Accidents -- Prevention
Nuclear power plants -- Accidents -- Japan
Nuclear power plants -- Safety measures
Nuclear power plants -- Accidents -- Prevention.
Nuclear power plants -- Accidents.
Nuclear power plants -- Safety measures.
Form Electronic book
Author Hibbs, Mark
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace