Nuclear Reactor Safety


By Uzi Eilam, Gilead Sher, INSS Insight No. 1189, July 9, 2019

The public discourse regarding the inherent risks of operating nuclear reactors has resurfaced in the wake of the television series “Chernobyl.” This article relates to the hundreds of nuclear reactors operating around the world and the dozens of reactors currently under construction; it does not address the inherent danger of nuclear weapons. The authors review the risks created by the advanced age of reactors and the challenges of using nuclear energy to generate electricity. Regarding Israel, the article explains the rationale underlying the assessment that the Atomic Energy Commission’s Nahal Soreq Research Center and the Negev Nuclear Research Center near Dimona pose no safety hazards.


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