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[cdn-nucl-l] "Science" Sept 20 "Policy Forum" on "Nuclear Safety"
The subject paper in "Science" is by 19 nuclear-expert members of the
National Academy of Engineering, intimately involved in developing Nuclear
Navy and commercial nuclear power. The title and partial "Summary" are:
Nuclear Power Plants and Their Fuel as Terrorist Targets
Douglas M. Chapin, Karl P. Cohen, W. Kenneth Davis, Edwin E. Kintner,
Leonard J. Koch, John W. Landis, Milton Levenson, I. Harry Mandil, Zack T.
Pate, Theodore Rockwell,* Alan Schriesheim, John W. Simpson, Alexander
Squire, Chauncey Starr, Henry E. Stone, John J. Taylor, Neil E. Todreas,
Bertram Wolfe, Edwin L. Zebroski
The "Science" summary is as follows:
"In the wake of the 11 September attack on the World Trade Center, a large
number of outrageous public statements appeared, claiming that any attack on
a nuclear plant or its fuel would be catastrophic. Because no effective
rebuttal appeared from responsible agencies and organizations, a number of
members of the National Academy of Engineering worked to hammer out a
statement that all the signatories would be willing to publicly stand
behind. This Statement, based on engineering principles and long, practical
experience in nuclear technology, is presented as a Policy Forum."
The substantial, extensive, footnotes were required to respond to "Science"
editors' demand for references to the many summary statements. The links are
live in the html version of the full paper.
If you aren't a "Science" subscriber, the complete "summary" and "full
paper," with PDF, are available as a "reprint" directly accessing the
"Science" web site, at (see the left column:
(the url only works if linked from our web site as an author "reprint")
Regards, Jim Muckerheide
Center for Nuclear Technology and Society at WPI
Mass. State Nuclear Engineer