Should we worry about nuclear accidents?


Despite its long history in safe operation since 1954, skeptics of nuclear energy focus on fears of horrible effects and consequences of bombs dropped on Hiroshima & Nagasaki during world war II. in addition to the wrong belief that nuclear energy has not been matured and fears of repetition of accidents as Three Mile Island in 1979, Chernobyl 1986 and lately Fukushima 2011.

International efforts are concerted to address nuclear and radiological accidents. The IAEA plays significant role in coordination of these efforts by promoting adherence to and implementation of international legal instruments on nuclear safety adopted under its auspices. This includes the Convention on Nuclear Safety and the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management, as well as the two conventions that are the basis for the international emergency preparedness and response framework: The Convention on Early Notification of a Nuclear Accident and the Convention on Assistance in the Case of a Nuclear Accident or Radiological Emergency.

Generally speaking, all nuclear accidents are subject to deep analyzes and studies by the international community which result in continuous upgrading and development of nuclear safety standards, which increases confidence in the safety of nuclear facilities.