AUTHORAdato, Michelle / MacKenzie, James / Pollard, Robert / Weiss, Ellyn
TITLESafety Second
PUBLISHERUnion of Concerned Scientists
CITYCambridge, MA

This book, published in 1987 by the Union of Concerned Scientists, evaluates the performance of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) in ensuring the safe operation of nuclear power plants and finds its performance to be poor. The authors assess the NRC's attention to safety issues, accomodation of public participation in decision making, enforcement of its own rules, and relationship with the industry it is directed to regulate. In six chapters, the authors’ review of the NRC delineates problems with unresolved safety issues, arbitrary enforcement of regulations, an adversarial relationship between the nuclear industry and the public, and insufficient self-regulation on the part of the nuclear industry. The final chapter presents conclusions and recommendations, and the book includes extensive notes and a glossary of acronyms.

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