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well the UK probably wouldn't have had a spare inspector to find out if it was safe or not...

Revealed: catalogue of atomic leaks | Environment | The Observer

In January, Weightman sent a 37-page report to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Marked "restricted", it lays bare the crisis afflicting the regulation of the British nuclear industry.

The NII has had to oversee such problems despite an acute shortage of experienced staff. It admits to being 26 inspectors short of the 192 it needs to regulate existing facilities, and its ratio of inspectors to nuclear plant is a third of the international average and far below that of Mexico, Spain or South Korea.

To assess new reactor designs, Weightman says he needs a further 36 inspectors, to bring the complement up to 228 by 2011. But he has "struggled" to recruit new staff and the "lack of build-up of resources to date" could jeopardise the government's target date of 2017 for deploying new reactors.

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Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.

by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Jun 23rd, 2009 at 06:36:56 PM EST
Does it take a nuclear power plant inspector to determine if an empty computer case with a radioactive symbol stuck to it is safe or not?  A Geiger counter is child's play to use.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue Jun 23rd, 2009 at 06:45:45 PM EST
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If somebody phones in that he's "seen a thingy on the walkway that had a nuclear symbol on it - I think it may be a bomb" then the police roll out with everything and the kitchen sink. The Danish police have been known to send the bomb squad after a forgotten backpack on a train station (and not a very busy train station either - if it had been a bombing attempt, it would have been the dumbest terrorist on record...).

I guess the theory is that they'd rather hassle a hundred people over a potential bomb than have ten people killed by an actual bomb. And while I can't fault that analysis, I do wish that all those paranoid old ladies would stop calling in bomb scares over lost everyday objects.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Wed Jun 24th, 2009 at 05:28:22 PM EST
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Of course it also helps to have a scare or two if your objective is to keep the populace in a constant state of fear and dependence on your wonderful security apparatus...

notes from no w here
by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Jun 25th, 2009 at 06:05:02 AM EST
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