Nuclear safety

in Nuclear Power

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780199584970
Published online September 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191777875 | DOI:

Series: Very Short Introductions

Nuclear safety

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‘ Nuclear safety’ explains the risks associated with the use and production of nuclear power and responds to some of the concerns frequently raised. We can rule out the possibility of a nuclear explosion: nuclear power stations do not have weapons-grade fuel on-site. The automatic shut-down of reactors is a result of fail-safe engineering — if the reactor begins to operate outside its design parameters it closes itself down. It was precisely the lack of fail-safe engineering that resulted in the Chernobyl disaster. The safety record of nuclear power stands favourable comparison with any other global industry of a similar scale.

Keywords: bomb; exposure; hydrogen; radiation; radon

Chapter.  5067 words. 

Subjects: Nuclear Power and Engineering ; Nuclear Issues (Environmental Science)

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