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After Fukushima Daiichi: New Global Institutions for Improved Nuclear Power Policy

Brooks, Thom

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Abstract

This comment argues for the importance of global institutions to regulate nuclear power. Nuclear power presents challenges across national borders irrespective of whether plants are maintained safely. There are international agreements in place on the disposal of nuclear waste, an issue of great concern in terms of environmental and health effects for any nuclear power policy. However, there remains a pressing need for an international agreement to ensure the safe maintenance of nuclear facilities. Safe nuclear power beyond waste disposal should receive more attention. Nuclear power policy is often a matter of pure state interest with national governments alone responsible for regulating the safe maintenance of nuclear facilities. It ought not be left to national governments alone to regulate the safe administration of nuclear power given the many threats to environmental safety and public health. This comment argues that global institutions may best address this problem. The comment concludes with recommendations on how nuclear power policy might be regulated.

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Brooks, T. (2012). After Fukushima Daiichi: New Global Institutions for Improved Nuclear Power Policy. Ethics, Policy & Environment, 15(1), 63-69. https://doi.org/10.1080/21550085.2012.672689

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2012
Deposit Date Nov 16, 2012
Journal Ethics, Policy & Environment
Print ISSN 2155-0085
Electronic ISSN 2155-0093
Publisher Taylor and Francis Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 15
Issue 1
Pages 63-69
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/21550085.2012.672689
Keywords climate change, environment, nuclear power, public policy, regulation
Publisher URL 10.1080/21550085.2012.672689



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