Human Fallibility and Nuclear Power
"Fukushima became a nuclear catastrophe not because of one thing, but because of a whole bunch of things that came at it that were unforseen," says audience member Paul Carroll in a question about human fallibility to the speakers. According to Per Peterson, Professor of Nuclear Engineering at UC Berkeley, human failure is a very important aspect to consider when looking at nuclear power. Dave Lochbaum and the Union of Concerned Scientists have "been advocating what we call the 'x+1' approach to safety. Anytime you build a 15-foot-tall protective seawall ... we need to ask and answer the question, 'what if a larger occurs?'"