Safety: It comes down to perception

September 10, 2020, 9:30AMANS NewsMary Lou Dunzik-Gougar

Mary Lou Dunzik-Gougar

Last month I asked if you’ve ever wondered why nuclear isn’t commonly considered the choice for clean power production. I also provided what I hope will be useful information as you make the case for nuclear in discussions about clean energy. In addition to being the cleanest form of energy today, nuclear is also safe, reliable, and scalable. This month, let’s talk safety.

Like the term “clean,” “safety” can mean something different to everyone. As measured by the number of deaths per unit of electricity produced, nuclear is on the same order of magnitude as “renewables” and other low-carbon sources of energy.

To continue reading, log in or create a free account!

Related Articles

What is a nuclear professional?

June 10, 2022, 12:00PMNuclear News

Years ago, my then boss was trying to convince me to accept an undesirable (to me) assignment, and he asked me, “Aren’t you a professional?” I wasn’t quite sure how to answer. By the...

ANS approves two new student sections

May 20, 2022, 7:01AMANS News

Earlier this month, the ANS Board of Directors approved the creation of two new student sections—Reed College in Portland, Ore., and Boise State University in Boise, Idaho.ANS’s student...

ANS in-person meetings are back!

April 22, 2022, 9:35AMANS Nuclear Cafe

After nearly two years of challenging absence, ANS meetings in 2022 have returned to being fully in-person events.The theme for this year’s in-person ANS Annual Meeting, to be held June...

The American Nuclear Society and the Health Physics Society launch  collaboration for answering the media's questions on radiation and nuclear science

The HPS Ask the Experts and the ANS Rapid Response Taskforce are partnering to monitor the nuclear and radiological situation in war-besieged Ukraine and are ready for media inquiries.

April 20, 2022, 9:59AMPress Releases

The Health Physics Society (HPS) and the American Nuclear Society (ANS) are teaming up to better serve our memberships and the public in understanding radiation and nuclear safety...