TITLEAn American Chernobyl: Nuclear Near Misses at U.S. Reactors Since 1986
DATE ACCESSED29 August 2017

This report chronicles eight "significant near misses" to a meltdown of U.S. nuclear reactors documented by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) from 1986 to 2006. A "significant near miss" means that the risk of a meltdown is one in 1,000. The report also lists 49 “near misses” that occurred, defined as an instance where the risk of meltdown is one in 10,000. The report asserts that the NRC’s risk models understate the risks of nuclear power and that its reactor oversight process fails to adequately detect problems. The report also emphasizes that momentous destruction would be caused by even one near miss turning into a meltdown, based on inadequate radiation containment capabilities. Appendices provide information on the Chernobyl accident and agency efforts to ban pressure supression containment designs.

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