An Evaluation of Alternative Safety Criteria for Nuclear Power Plants

by Kenneth A. Solomon, Pamela F. Nelson

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This Note assesses approximately 90 safety criteria and goals for the nuclear power industry that have been proposed over the past two years in the United States and elsewhere. These criteria generally address the safety of nuclear power plants in terms of either reactor system safety, individual or societal risks, or in other measurable terms, such as dollar damage. The authors first categorize the criteria and then evaluate each item according to seven performance measures. The Note arrives at a hybrid risk criterion made up of the best features of many of the criteria evaluated.

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