Nuclear Power Progress
On this Thanksgiving Day, I have only a moment to reflect on the past year and think about giving thanks. Most of my thanks, of course, is for family and friends, and for health and well-being.
But I also want to reflect on some positive developments in the nuclear field:
- Despite the severity of the accident at Fukushima Daiichi, there are still likely to be very few health effects from the releases of radiation.
- Although some countries have used the Fukushima accident to try to reject nuclear power for the future, in most of the world, the public and the policy-makers continue to recognize the need for continued development and use of nuclear power.
- In these countries, the industry is using the lessons learned from Fukushima to further strengthen the safety of operating reactors.
- There is indeed a Renaissance taking place in nuclear power deployment, at the very least, in countries like China and India.
- The U.S. continues to recognize the need to develop new nuclear technologies, and this week has seen the award of a long-awaited contract for small reactor development.