What we have here is a failure to regulate

What have we learned about Nuclear Power in the last month or so ?

That freak weather events can knock out plants :-
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/apr/18/us-tornadoes-shutdown-nuclear-reactors

That, even if the weather stays clement, that Nuclear Power plants can experience unplanned outage :-
http://www.nuclearcounterfeit.com/?p=4181
http://www.xe.com/news/2011-01-24%2012:56:00.0/1655653.htm
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Environment/TrendElectricity

That Nuclear Power contracts are big business :-
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2011/04/18/uk-nuclear-industry-idUKTRE73H0Q620110418

That people are unhappy about the extensions to already old reactors :-
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/19/science/earth/19nuclear.html

That Nuclear Power accidents are expensive to clean up and can enforce permanent evacuation of people from their homes, towns and land :-
http://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/tsunamiupdate01.html

That Nuclear Power accidents keep happening :-
http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/12/keeping-score-on-nuclear-accidents/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-13047267

That Nuclear Power “near misses” keep happening :-
http://www.southernstudies.org/2008/02/nrc-probing-incident-at-nc-nuclear-fuel.html
http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/enforcement/actions/fuel-cycle-fac/g.html
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=nuclear-mishap-or-meltdown-a-matter-of-degree

That some Nuclear Power plants are constantly experiencing problems :-
http://www.cleveland.com/business/index.ssf/2010/06/firstenergy_to_place_lid_on_da.html

That some countries with Nuclear Power plants do not appear able to learn from experience :-
http://neinuclearnotes.blogspot.com/2007/07/more-on-japan-quake-and-kashiwazaki.html

That the chance of malfunction does not diminish with the age of the operation :-
http://af.reuters.com/article/energyOilNews/idAFL3E7FE02B20110414

That strange incidents keep happening at Nuclear Power plants :-
http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/90001/90777/90851/7291334.html
“Screwdriver identified as cause of halting nuclear power plant in S Korea…Yeonggwang…”

That safety hazards continue to present themselves :-
http://www.tradingmarkets.com/news/stock-alert/mncof_xel_report-hints-at-problems-with-nuclear-plant-control-rods-at-monticello-1503507.html
“Report hints at problems with nuclear plant control rods at Monticello…”

That the United States of America couples diplomacy with Nuclear Power sales and compromises regulatory activity :-
http://news.cnet.com/8301-11128_3-20054938-54.html

That citizen groups are actively demanding the cessation of Nuclear Power :-
http://stopnuclearpower.blogspot.com/2011/03/sizewell-camp-2011.html
http://andreasspeck.info/files/NuclearPeoplePower-Supplement.pdf
http://ibnlive.in.com/news/jaitapur-1-dead-in-anti-nuclear-plant-protest/149594-3.html

That Chernobyl is still a threat to Europe :-
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-13124777

It’s not over ’til it’s over (and could keep the world’s economy depressed) :-
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/04/19/us-japan-nuclear-timeframe-idUSTRE73H0N320110419

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