There is no doubt that the military industrial complex side of the nuclear industry took significant shortcuts during the cold war. Those shotcuts lead to significant messes, and the mess legacy is still with us. Mess cleanup will cost billions of dollars, but these are not the only large scale and expensive cleanups our society faces. While recounting the industrial mess history has a positive function in cautioning us to not let it happen again, the mess should not be laid at the door of the Civilian Nuclear Power Industry, which was not responsible for the creation of the mess, and which has been paying a fee to the Federal Government for many years, to dispose of its waste.
Ms Brown tells us that the public needs to be told the truth about the risks involved in nuclear technology, but she includs pictures of a house being destroyed by a 1950's military nuclear weapons test. This test has nothing to do with civilian nuclear power, civilian nuclear reactors do not explod like military nuclear bombs, although as we have witnessed, reactors can undergo much less powerful chemical explosions. What happened at Dai-ichi was a fairly large scale industrial accident. There were other industrial accidents in Japan at the same time, oil refineries caught on fire, and burned for days. Gas pipelines ruptured and escaping gas caught on fire, at least one dam broke, and the resulting flood washed away homes. But almost all of the 18,000 + casualties can be attributed to a rampage by nature that had nothing to do with human technology.
While Ms. Brown points to the mess created by careless disregard by the United States government for its cold war era cleanup obligations. At the same time, Ms. Brown exagerates the human consequences of that mess. There are no large scale cancer epidemics in communities near the Sevanah River, near Handford, near Oak Ridgre even though the radioactive materials cleanup problems of those communities are serious.
[ text edited by moderator ] She ignores this historic context of events that occurred between 1942 and 1960, and suggests that those events will inevitably be repeated by the civilian nuclear power industry, even though the civilian industry follows highly regulated environmental rules.
Ms. Brown sees history as something that is going to happen. If people once made a mistake she thinks it has to happen again. At best history is a teacher, and if we pay attention to its lessons, they don't have to reoccure. We need to learn from the mistakes of the nuclear industry, see to it that they do not happen again, and then move on. [ text edited by moderator ] According to her, challenges should not be faced, they should be fled.