Compensating for severe nuclear accidents: An expert elucidation

Nuttall, William J.; Ashley, Stephen F. and Heffron, Raphael J. (2017). Compensating for severe nuclear accidents: An expert elucidation. Process Safety and Environmental Protection, 112(A) pp. 131–142.



We present the results of a structured discussion held in London in July 2014 involving a panel of experts drawn from three communities: specialists on aspects of risk and insurance; lawyers concerned with issues of nuclear law; and safety and environmental regulators. The discussions were held on the basis of participant anonymity. The process emphasised three considerations: conceptions of loss arising from a severe nuclear accident; the specifics of the Fukushima-Daiichi accident and what it means for policy and strategy going forward; and the future of liability regimes. We observe some stoicism from those closest to implementation of policies and procedures associated with nuclear risks, but a lower level of certainty and confidence among those concerned with nuclear energy regulation.

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