Argument: Nuclear plants are made safer and safer by new technologies

Issue Report: Nuclear energy


Philip Elmer-Dewitt. “How To Build a Safer Reactor.” Time. April 29, 1991: “Virtually every manufacturer has drawn up plans for power stations that are simpler to make, easier to run and demonstrably safer than the nuclear piles now in operation. While Westinghouse and General Electric are concentrating on improving their water-cooled reactors, many nuclear scientists are taking a different approach. One design, the so-called modular high-temperature gas-cooled reactor (MHTGR), has even won grudging support from the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), the most technically competent of the major antinuclear groups.”