When was the last time you read something positive about nuclear power in the newspaper? Stumped? It would be interesting to know who in the nuclear power industry chooses the PR firms that represent them, and it would be even more interesting to know what these PR firms do with their time. There are some negative things to say about nuclear energy, but there are also a lot of positive things; but in the same way that a double homicide sells the newspapers, it is the bad news that gets the press. If the public is going to embrace nuclear power, the bad press has to be addressed and put into perspective first.
When we think about nuclear power, we tend to think of the bad things, and it is not long before the name “Chernobyl” comes to mind. Although this incident occurred a decade and a half ago, the experience lingers with us. The truth is that Chernobyl was a huge, poorly designed reactor that lacked even the most basic safety technology. The explosion at Chernobyl was, ironically, the result of a safety drill gone wrong. The operators were attempting to determine how long the turbines would continue to spin in the event of a power outage. The tests were done at the lowest possible power settings, and this is where the design fault of the reactor manifested itself. During the process of the test, the