A Nuclear Industry professional claims worry over nuclear disasters can cause more health problems than the accidents. More than 30 years after the Chernobyl nuclear explosion, and almost six years after Japan’s Fukushima disaster, psychologist Reuben Holmes delivered a lecture on the psychological impact of such events. The 1986 Chernobyl explosion in particular had a direct impact in Cumbria after it sent a cloud of radiation across much of the UK. Officials were testing some Cumbria for radiation until as recently as 2012. The Government introduced strict controls and testing stop the food chain becoming contaminated, covering thousands of sheep across the county. But in his lecture last week, Mr Holmes said that studies suggest that radiation at low to moderate levels has negligible effect on health. Yet people still fear radiation.
Carlisle News and Star 2nd Feb 2017 read more »
The government values human lives at as little as a tenth of their real worth, researchers say. From NHS decision-making to the regulations imposed on nuclear power plants, many branches of the state estimate the worth of preventing a single death at £1.83 million. This figure is often used to work out how much should be spent on measures against accidents and is said to have been used in cuts to the rail safety budget. It is, however, based on a “flawed” reading of a survey carried out 20 years ago that involved only 167 people, a study argues. Philip Thomas, professor of risk management at the University of Bristol, and Ian Waddington, a software engineer, say the “one-size-fits-all” number is unuseable. “If stated preferences are to be believed, the public wants a VPF [value of a prevented fatality] that is ten times the current value, at between £16 million and £22 million,” they wrote in the magazine Nuclear Future.
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