Nuclear Waste On-Line: Nuclear Risk: Calculating the Incredible
In our February 18th session, presenter Shawn-Patrick Stensil, a nuclear analyst with Greenpeace Canada, will debunk the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commissions (CNSC) approach to risk assessment.
The danger of accidents, malfunctions or terrorist attacks at a nuclear facility remains one of the defining features of nuclear power generation because such events have the potential to create catastrophic and irreversible harm. Typically, the CNSC deems certain levels estimated risk acceptable to Canadians. These are based on accidents that would not result in radioactive material leaving the plant boundaries. Accident risks beyond this level of risk are deemed incredible and are not considered within environmental assessments conducted by the CNSC even if those risks would resullt in catastrophic environmental damage.