U.S. A. incapable of handling Fukushima-like disaster, claim experts
A recent analysis compels nuclear experts to doubt U.S. capabilities on handling a Japan-like nuclear meltdown. This has formed divergent views amongst many; and while the industry says they are capable, the critics report U.S. nuclear plants to be just like the ones in Japan which succumbed to natural disaster.
After a thorough contemplation on what would happen if a Fukushima-like disaster struck any U.S. reactor; the Nuclear Regulatory Commission authorities have warned that if a disaster beleaguered any of the nation’s power plant, it could make the federal government to compensate the industry in the highest proportions.
Japanese disaster experts have counted the revamped cost of Fukushima-like disaster in between $74 billion to $260 billion. On the other hand U.S. nuclear insurance fund, established in 1957, pertaining to the Price-Anderson Act, confirms it does not have the reserve-capacity of more than $12.6 billion.
After Fukushima disaster, public support for constructing nuclear plants in the States has also fallen to 43 percent.
Threats looming over the U.S. nuclear plants
A group of experts exclude the U.S. from the Tsunami threats, but said that the nation is exposed to various other risks which could lead to nuclear meltdown, for instance hurricane, terrorist attacks, tremors, etc.
The world’s leading news agency, The Associated Press, also stated recently that U.S. is at higher nuclear disaster risk owing to earthquakes than previously calculated. The risk is as high as 24 times, than previously calculated in a couple of plants.
U.S. nuclear power industry, the world’s leading commercial nuclear power supplier, last year filed 14 “near misses” incidents of security lapse and supervision misconduct by U.S. nuclear safety regulators.
Again, companies operating U.S. nuclear power plants are under-reporting safety risks issues which could occur owing to faulty equipments. The inspector general at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has also stated the guidelines given to the nuclear industry to be "contradictory and unclear."