Is Canada Taking the Safety of Nuclear Power Seriously?

by chelseagiddings on Octobre 7, 2016 - 10:24pm

Nuclear power has both a positive and negative view around the world.  The benefit of nuclear power is that it emits fewer greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming and climate change.  The negative aspect of nuclear power was evident from the event Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.  The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster showed us that there is a lack of control over the risks.  Some of the risks of nuclear power is that is produces many health risks and harmful effects to the environment.

In the article “Nuclear power plant safety inspections hit and miss, watchdog says”, Tom Parry and Kathleen Harris discuss how the inspections of Canada’s nuclear power plants are currently unacceptable.  After a report being released, the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development Julie Gelfand found a number of different failings at the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC).  The agency is responsible for making sure that nuclear power plants are safe and secure but Julie Gelfand stated that, “75% of site safety inspections were carried out without an approved guide”(Parry, Harris, 2016).  There were concerns of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission and if they have enough staff to ensure that all the inspections for the safety and security of the nuclear power points were met.  The article continues on about how once the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission was informed about the report they took upon actions right away.

My reaction to the article “Nuclear power plant safety inspections hit and miss, watchdog says” is that it provided information that was eye opening to the audience.  I thought that it was reassuring that the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission took action immediately to the report that told them that they were treating the safety and security of the inspection unacceptably.  This relates back to what we learned in class about resource management and power and how an actor has control with their own interaction with the environment.  The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission could have the ability to not take action to what the report said and continue with doing the inspections without an approved guide.  I think that it is great that the CNSC decided to create a solution by addressing the issue that they are not taking the safety and security precautions seriously because it allows people to feel safe.  It allows people to have a sense that they are taking precautions of the risks nuclear power could potentially on humans and the environment. 


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Parry, T. Harris, K. “Nuclear Power Plant Safety Inspections Hit and Miss, Watchdog Says.” CBCnews. CBC/Radio Canada, 04 Oct. 2016. Web. 07 Oct. 2016.   <