Was the Fukushima nuclear accident preventable? If the plant’s owners and Japan’s regulators followed international best practice, could the world’s worst nuclear accident for more than two decades have been averted?
Those are the questions posed by James M. Acton, a physicist and senior associate in the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington D.C.
Mr. Acton will discuss whether there were clear deficiencies in Japan’s approach to both hazard prediction and ensuring emergency cooling in the event of a disaster – and at a more fundamental level, he asks if there were serious weaknesses in Japan’s approach to regulation. Other states with civilian nuclear power programs, such as China, can learn much from Japan’s experiences, says Mr. Acton.
DATE: Feb 21 (Tuesday)
VENUE: Embassy of the Czech Republic, 2 Ritan Lu, Jianguomen Wai
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ENTRANCE: free to FCCC members, 80 RMB on the door to non-members
ABOUT THE SPEAKER:
James M. Acton is a physicist and senior associate in the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment. He specializes in deterrence, disarmament, nonproliferation, and nuclear energy. Mr Acton co-chairs the Next Generation Working Group on U.S.-Russia arms control and is the joint UK member of the International Panel on Fissile Materials. He has provided evidence to the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament and the Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future.