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Another Man's Poison: Risk Management and
Nuclear Power Generation
EPRG Working Paper EPRG 0912
John Ash
A projected shortfall in bulk electrical power, coupled with concerns
regarding security of supply and obligations in respect of climate
change, have driven the UK government to reconsider nuclear
generation. Although this is superficially a political, administrative and
economic decision, it is a judgement undertaken by a network of actors,
and may be viewed as a process catalysed by risk. Based on primary
data drawn from interviewees associated with the nuclear power
decision, this research examines the role of risk perception in the
decision process, and how those perceptions compound the complexity
of the problem. The results indicate a common desire amongst
interviewees for assurance with respect to energy supply, and a
relationship between that assurance and time. These themes underline
the difficulty in reaching an accommodation between rival stakeholders


Source: Aickelin, Uwe - School of Computer Science, University of Nottingham


Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences