Johan Berglund: Why safety cultures degenerate and how to revive them
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The nuclear power industry combines long-term thinking in terms of the half-lives of nuclear materials, with sudden policy changes brought about by events. The complexities are compounded by fears regarding the technology, following accidents and problems around the world. Responses are not consistent. Discussions are often not open and transparent.
A case in point is the Fukushima Daiichi accident in 2011, caused by the earthquake and tsunami. Since then Germany has closed down their nuclear power stations. At the same time, the UK has decided to go ahead with a new generation of nuclear power stations, to be built and operated by a French government-owned company, with Chinese partners. Policy decisions and cultures vary.
Johan Berglund has brought coherent insights into this complex field, in his slim and closely argued book, which should stimulate a range of debates. With a background in Skill and Technology at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm (KTH), he worked with...