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Aff & Neg Nukes

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Nuke power is the safest industry there is
Lewis, 6
- University of Richmond, T.C. Williams School of Law, J.D. candidate, former Navy engineer specializing in
pure water chemistry on naval nuclear reactors
THE FUTURE OF NUCLEAR POWER IN THE UNITED STATES,” 16 Alb. L.J. Sci. & Tech. 27, 2006)//markoff

power as a primary mission. 139

Americans, indeed, citizens of all nations, are concerned with the safety of nuclear power. 140
The Three Mile Island nuclear incident in 1979 catalyzed American sentiment and damaged the reputation of the nuclear
industry. 141

Seven years later, the Chernobyl incident in 1986 demonstrated how disastrous a nuclear accident is

when it occurs. 142

These two incidents are far from the norm . 143

Testimony by John E. Kane, Senior Vice President of the
NEI, before the House Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality, effectively summed up America's safety record with

nuclear power. 144

He stated, "with almost 3,000 reactor-years of experience, nuclear energy's safety performance over the
past [ten] years is virtually unparalleled in American industry. If we look at reactor performance [*49] and lost-time
accident rates, nuclear plants are among the safest places to work in the entire industrial sector." 145


Reactor safety is at a record high
Bowman 7
–President and CEO, Nuclear Energy Institute (Frank, 05- 24- 07, “The Changing Climate for Nuclear Energy”,
http://nei.org/newsandevents/speechesandtestimony/2007/bowmanassembly/ //VR)

This is our best-kept secret. All the safety-related metrics tracked by the industry and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission demonstrate
high levels of excellence. Unplanned shutdowns are at near-record lows. Lost-time accident rates at record-low levels. Forced outage
rates ... unplanned safety system actuations ... worker radiation exposures ... events with safety implications ... all down.
I have great confidence in nuclear plant safety based on those indicators. But I derive even more confidence from the process that
produces those indicators, from the institutions we have created to share best practices ... to establish standards of excellence ... and to
implement programs that hold us to those standards.
First, our industry has the strongest government regulator of any industrial sector: a regulator who routinely conducts over 2,000 hours of
inspections a year through resident inspectors assigned 24-by-7 to each plant. With a regional office and headquarters staff to oversee the
resident inspectors and assist with inspections when necessary. With the power to impose fines and order shutdown.

Chernobyl can’t happen here
Rhodes and Beller 00
, Renowned Author + nuclear engineer and Technical Staff Member at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (Richard + Denis
“The need for nuclear power” Foreign Affairs, Jan/Feb)
Denis, Renowned Author + nuclear engineer and Technical Staff Member)

By comparison, nuclear accidents have been few and minimal. The recent, much-reported accident in Japan occurred not at a power plant
but at a facility processing fuel for a research reactor. It caused no deaths or injuries to the public. As for the Chernobyl explosion, it resulted
from human error in operating a fundamentally faulty reactor design that could not have been licensed in the West. It
caused severe human and environmental damage locally, including 31 deaths, most from radiation exposure. Thyroid cancer, which
could have been prevented with prompt iodine prophylaxis, has increased in Ukrainian children exposed to fallout. More than 8oo cases have been
diagnosed and several thousand more are projected; although the disease is treatable, three children have died. LNT-based calculations project 3,420
cancer deaths in Chernobyl-area residents and cleanup crews. The Chernobyl reactor lacked a containment structure, a fundamental
safety system that is required on Western reactors. Postaccident calculations indicate that such a structure would have confined the explosion
and thus the radioactivity, in which case no injuries or deaths would have occurred.

These numbers, for the worst ever nuclear power accident, are remarkably low compared to major accidents in other
industries. More than 40 years of commercial nuclear power operations demonstrate that nuclear power is much safer than fossil-fuel systems in terms
of industrial accidents, environmental damage, health effects, and long-term risk.

Michigan 7 weeks


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