Goals of Reactor Safety
Ultimately, the goal of reactor safety is to reduce the likelihood of a threatening situation caused by the operation of a nuclear power plant to the absolute lowest degree possible. Specifically, this goal translates into four subgoals:
1. Public Safety - There must be no release of radioactive material in dangerous quantities
from a nuclear facility to the general public.
2. Industrial Personnel - Every reasonable effort should be made to eliminate accidents involving plant employees
. The frequency of such events should be reduced to the lowest possible level, certainly lower than that of other comparable industries.
3. Economic - The likelihood of a serious accident which would result in severe damage to the nuclear facility
should be kept as small as possible.
4. Operational Problems - System malfunctions and deviations
from normal behavior should be reduced to a minimum.
Historically, governments have been primarily concerned with public and personnel safety; hence, nuclear safety research sponsored by government agencies is more likely to address these issues. Operating groups - utilities and vendors - support a broad sponsorship in all four areas. Again, this trend will likely continue.
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