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Japan's safety response
20 December, 2006
Changes to Japan’s nuclear safety culture after known accidents have not convinced everyone there is sufficient open scrutiny to prevent another mishap. By Julian Ryall

Rogue sources
30 November, 2006
Anyone who doubts that resources should be invested into finding lost radioactive sources should look to the recent death of Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko. By Deirdre Mason

How it was: an operator's perspective
19 April, 2006
Anatoly Dyatlov, the former deputy engineer for operations at Chernobyl, and the senior officer on the night of the accident, gives his side of the story. He thinks the reactor operators have been unfairly singled out for blame (having himself served four years in prison) and believes the accident was attributable entirely to design faults. [Article published in NEI November 1991]

Why INSAG has still got it wrong
08 April, 2006
The INSAG-7 report of the IAEA’s International Nuclear Safety Advisory Group has become widely accepted as the closest thing we have to a definitive assessment of the causes of the Chernobyl accident. But INSAG-7 gives an inaccurate picture of what happened, says the plant’s former deputy chief engineer. By Anatoly Dyatlov [article published in NEI September 1995]

Consequences for health
06 April, 2006
The IAEA and WHO have produced a definitive account of the health effects of the Chernobyl accident 20 years after it occurred. It finds some effects directly linked to the radioactivity release, and many more the result of fear and uncertainty.

Britain's fading lights
23 January, 2006
The UK’s 2003 energy white paper sidelined nuclear. In the meantime, however, “the facts have changed,” according to prime minister Tony Blair. But what exactly has changed, and is the nuclear industry right to be so optimistic about a possible new build programme in the UK?

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