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Nuclear Energy and Its History: Past Consequences, Present Inadequacies and a Perspective for Success

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Abstract: An attempt is made to locate nuclear technology within a logical contextconsidering history, risks, societal catastrophes and perspectives: the need isidentified for a new direction in the exploitation in order to restore the rolein energy production. We depict the situation coming from a marvelous historyof discoveries started at the beginning of the XX century; heroes are recalledwho made possible something that is inconceivable today: design, constructionand production of electricity in a few years; that history was tainted byintentional nuclear explosions, i.e. the original sin that we are now paying. Then, we attempt to show that thesocietal risk is an inherent part of the civilization. Restoring the publictrust (towards nuclear fission technology) by matching nuclear safety with thecurrent technological status and advancers in risk assessment is the keyobjective. The “independentassessment”, or aprinciple for the exploitation of nuclear energy already stated in the 50’s ofthe previous century, shall then re-appear. This is used to erect the signpostfor a “dynamicbarricade” tofurther reduce the risk of operation of nuclear reactors and to match thedesign with current technological capabilities and with the frontiers of theresearch.

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