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Sat Nov 29 15:47:27 CST 2014

The Science of Responding to a Nuclear Reactor Accident: Summary of a Sympo=

The Science of Responding to a Nuclear Reactor Accident summarizes the pres=
entations and discussions of the May 2014 Gilbert W. Beebe Symposium titled=
 "The Science and Response to a Nuclear Reactor Accident". The symposium, d=
edicated in honor of the distinguished National Cancer Institute radiation =
epidemiologist who died in 2003, was co-hosted by the Nuclear and Radiation=
 Studies Board of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Cancer =
Institute. The symposium topic was prompted by the March 2011 accident at t=
he Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant that was initiated by the 9.0-magn=
itude earthquake and tsunami off the northeast coast of Japan. This was the=
 fourth major nuclear accident that has occurred since the beginning of the=
 nuclear age some 60 years ago. The 1957 Windscale accident in the United K=
ingdom caused by a fire in the reactor, the 1979 Three Mile Island accident=
 in the United States caused by mechanical and human errors, and the 1986 C=
hernobyl accident in the former Soviet Union caused by a series of human er=
rors during the conduct of a reactor experiment are the other three major a=
ccidents. The rarity of nuclear accidents and the limited amount of existin=
g experiences that have been assembled over the decades heightens the impor=
tance of learning from the past.

Cary Renquist
crenquist at or cary.renquist at

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