One year on from the accident industry leaders provided their perspectives on Fukushima and outlined what steps their companies were taking in response.
Frank Yee Chief Nuclear Engineer
"Simply put, the first videos of the tsunami rolling over the coastal regions were shocking. It was difficult to comprehend the scale and magnitude of the destruction and loss of life.
The subsequent accident at Fukushima raised many questions in our minds. Was this preventable? As designers, we design for these types of events, so what was missed? What can we learn from this so that it does not happen again?" (more)
Aris Candris President and CEO
"Fukushima has reinforced the need to further prepare for the unexpected. It is imperative to assess and, where necessary, incorporate significant new information as it becomes available.
As is our nature and practice, we will incorporate any lessons learned across the industry as the first step in a short-term and long-term review of enhancements that may be made at all nuclear facilities in the aftermath of the events in Japan." (more)
Michel-Hubert Jamard Senior Executive Vice President Communications
"The accident has raised legitimate questions and the nuclear industry has to give appropriate answers. The debate on nuclear power is a legitimate one: and we will take part in it. AREVA is open to dialogue and debate.
More than ever, we will listen and educate in order to maintain and restore the trust we were able to build with all of our stakeholders." (more)
Caroline Reda President and CEO
"The nuclear industry is, first and foremost, characterized by a strong commitment to cooperation and safety. The lessons learned from the events in Japan are going to make the industry safer and we’re committed to being part of the analysis, learning and evolution of the industry." (more)
Jong-Shin Kim President and CEO
"The global demand for energy is continuously on the rise and greenhouse gases generated from burning fossil fuels is still troubling the earth. Alternative energy should be environment-friendly; ensuring a sustainable supply of low-cost and high-efficiency energy. Thus, I think nuclear energy is still the most viable alternative." (more)
Vyacheslav Pershukov Deputy Director General, Direction of Science and Technology
"After the accident in Japan, absolutely all work relating to the safety analysis of research reactors were subject to rigorous scrutiny."(more)
(note: company affiliations and positions as of March 2012)
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