Breaking the connections: Reducing and removing environmental health risk in the Canadian nuclear power industry

J. Eyles, J. Fried

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Abstract

In this paper, we examine how over the past twenty five years the nuclear industry has used various strategies to diminish or remove any environmental health risks that emanate from its practice and activities. Using both industry and critical website materials, we demonstrate how risk is removed by emphasizing its own safety culture in a complex process, its 'clean energy' credentials, its role in producing national energy options, close co-operation with its regulators, the ignorance of its critics, the suppression of opposing views and a narrowing risk assessment approach to potential environmental and health hazards. We suggest that the same strategies will be used after the recent Japanese nuclear disaster.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEnvironmental Health and Biomedicine
PublisherWIT Press
Pages59-67
Number of pages9
Volume15
ISBN (Print)9781845645243
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2011
Externally publishedYes
Event6th Int. Conf. on the Impact of Environmental Factors on Health, and 9th Int. Conf. on Modelling in Medicine and Biology - Environmental Health Risk 2011, EHR 2011 - Riga, Latvia
Duration: 25 Jul 201127 Jul 2011

Conference

Conference6th Int. Conf. on the Impact of Environmental Factors on Health, and 9th Int. Conf. on Modelling in Medicine and Biology - Environmental Health Risk 2011, EHR 2011
CountryLatvia
CityRiga
Period25/07/1127/07/11

Keywords

  • Branding
  • Canada
  • Elimination of risk
  • Environmental health
  • Narratives
  • Nuclear industry
  • Power generation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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