Meeting the Standard: Proving Nuclear Power is Safe

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Two nuclear power plants situated on Lake Erie, 1998. (Shutterstock)

When you flip a light switch in your home, do you ever think about what's happening?

Follow a volt of electricity back through the wall socket, across thousands of miles of power lines, returning all the way home to the nuclear reactor that generated it.

Nuclear power lights millions of homes across the world—it's clean energy, and it's scrutinized and regulated for levels of near-certain safety.

But modern culture hasn't quite accepted that last part. Disasters like those at Three Mile Island and Fukishima are failures in nuclear technology that we can't seem to forget.

As part of our second conversation in our "Meeting the Standard" series, The Takeaway sat down with Ken Balkey, consulting engineer at Westinghouse and senior vice president of ASME Standards, where his work focuses largely on standards for nuclear power.

Ken is proof of the fact that every inch, valve and screw thread at a nuclear power plant is considered and constructed carefully, with your safety in mind.


Kenneth Balkey

Produced by:

Ellen Frankman


T.J. Raphael

Comments [1]

Robert Thomas from Santa Clara

As long as conversation rather than silence during the air journey is accepted, given the choice of sitting next to Mr. Balkey on the one hand or to a graduate of any School of Communications (Public Relations; Advertising; Marketing; Journalism etc.) on the other, I'd choose Mr. Balkey, ANY. DAY.

Jan. 08 2014 03:30 PM

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