(March 14, 2011) CBC News examines the implications of the nuclear crisis in Japan for Ontario’s nuclear sector. Energy Probe’s director of nuclear research Norm Rubin comments on the tradeoff between cost and safety in nuclear facilities.
“Whenever human beings make tradeoffs on how much money … to expend on safety they always find that there’s a point passed which they say ‘Come on, you’re going too far.’ In hindsight after an accident, those compromises often look crazy. It’s true at Pickering and it’s true at Darlington,” said Rubin.
“The Japanese weren’t expecting a magnitude 9.0 and they are the most experienced earthquake watchers in the world. We are neophytes at this.”