The AEC had previously promoted containment domes as a safety feature, arguing that “with containment, the consequences of a major accident were zero,” Wellock explained. The advisory committee’s review revealed that “a severe accident was possible, but the probability of it happening was so small that reactors should still be regarded as safe,” Wellock said. “Reactor safety became probabilistic, not deterministic.” The nuclear industry concluded that the problem was one of messaging and that the public would trust “more objectively stated proofs of safety.” This belief signals the beginning of a second era—Trust the Numbers—which would last until 1980.
by Bibiana Campos-Seijo |
October 09, 2021