Union of Concerned Scientists Annual Review: Near Misses at U.S. Nuclear Power Plants in 2015

Highlights
Ten nuclear safety near misses—problems that may increase the chance of a reactor core meltdown by a factor of 10 or more— were reported at U.S. nuclear power reactors in 2015. The good news: this total is about half the 19 near misses reported in 2010 and 2011, with the numbers in the intervening years steadily declining—a positive safety trend. The bad news: one owner, Entergy Corporation, had three of 2015’s near misses and nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of the safety regulation violations. Moreover, for both Entergy and other owners, repairs creating problems instead of solutions caused four near misses. As more equipment wears out, effective repairs are essential if safety levels are to be maintained rather than being eroded.

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