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Risk assessment post-Fukushima: Going beyond the ‘design-basis event’

Dan Farber, professor of law | March 12, 2012

A conventional approach to safety is based on the concept of design events.  A building code might say, for example, that a building should be able to survive a 7.0 earthquake.  This approach has been basic to the regulation of nuclear reactors.  As the interim report of the post-Fukushima NRC task force explains: [The regulation[ … Continue reading »