September 9, 2011
8:49 am EDT
Constellation Energy Nuclear Group's Chief Nuclear Officer Maria Korsnick
Guest Commentary by Maria Korsnick
Chief Nuclear Officer, Constellation Energy Nuclear Group (CENG)
Member of the Fukushima Response Steering Committee
It is hard to believe that six months have passed since a massive earthquake and a tsunami with a 45-foot wall of water struck Japan on March 11, causing death, injuries, and millions and millions of dollars in destruction.
This tragedy is still on our minds and our thoughts are with the Japanese people.
The natural disaster also severely damaged the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, prompting important and valid questions about the nuclear energy industry’s safety, security and ability to respond to a myriad of “what if” scenarios.
One fact is clear: Nuclear plant operators go to great lengths to produce electricity safely, reliably and economically. Multiple layers of physical security, back-up systems to the back-up systems and high levels of operational performance protect the employees, public and the environment.
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