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Estimating the costs of hypothetical reactor accidents

Authors
Journal
Annals of Nuclear Energy
0306-4549
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
6
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/0306-4549(79)90040-9
Disciplines
  • Economics

Abstract

Abstract Radioactive release from a reactor accident is considered the major risk in the operation of a reactor. The consequence of accident release includes various health effects and property damage. In order to evaluate the economic risk of reactor accidents to the society, the probability vs consequence curves in the Reactor Safety Study (U.S. NRC, 1975) were converted to risk vs consequence curves for the various health effects and property damage (Hsieh, 1978). This article will develop the methodology to convert the above risks to present-worth dollar values, so that the risks to society of various consequences of reactor accidents can be easily compared.

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