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Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), told a nuclear safety forum stricter standards and full transparency were vital to restoring public confidence in nuclear energy.

How many chances do they want ?

the statement above is simply not compatible with political or business reality. And he knows it. Which means that this is special pleading for a new pr campaign to sweep all the bad news under a different carpet to keep his job and his industry alive.

So meet the new lie, same as the old lie.

IAEA making empty gestures in calling for transparency after an accident in Japan? Sounds familiar.

European Tribune - Terrorism, Nuclear power and Secrecy

Just heard (Wed. 7/18) swedish radio news about the earthquake and nuclear power plant accident in Japan. Apparently the spill was larger then first reported (no numbers) and IAEA has encouraged Japan to be more open about nuclear power. No surprises thus far.

Now comes the real news (to me anyway).

According to Jan-Olov Liljenzin, professor in nuclear chemistry at Chalmers university of technology (second largest technical college in Sweden) this is probably an empty gesture, and IAEA knows it. After september 11th 2001 nuclear companies has been ordered (by the governments) to keep secret anything that could help terrorists.

And that was four years ago.

Given that the existing nuclear powers ignore IAEA's advice, what are the chances that would-be nuclear powers will not ignore it?

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by A swedish kind of death on Mon Apr 4th, 2011 at 02:34:07 PM EST
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and proceeds from the same fallacy that makes IT systems insecure, in the general case.

The idea is that if the system is obscure and undocumented, this keeps it secure. Nothing could be further from the truth. Mainly, obfuscation keeps well-intentioned people from understanding the system, finding its faults, and making it better. Ill-intentioned people will always make the extra effort to see through the fug and find the weak points.

All nuclear power issues should go open-source, with monetary rewards offered for finding faults. This would improve security immensely, especially with respect to terrorism.

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by eurogreen on Mon Apr 4th, 2011 at 06:01:11 PM EST
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The political problem is that this would reveal that nuke plants are impossible to secure against any half-way determined terrorist with an IQ above room temperature.

- Jake

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by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Mon Apr 4th, 2011 at 06:33:23 PM EST
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