Juliette Kayyem’s March 11 op-ed column “Safety vs. recovery after disasters” recognized Japan’s need for the return of nuclear power, albeit with several safety reforms. Here in the United States, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has struggled to implement its post-Fukushima safety recommendations two years after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. The NRC and Congress must prioritize safety and promptly implement the recommendations at our nation’s 104 nuclear reactors.
These safety recommendations, including the installation of filtered vents to minimize the release of radioactive particles, have stalled as a result of significant backlash by some in Congress, citing industry objection. However, profits cannot take precedence over our safety.