When one thinks of nuclear accidents, Chernobyl is usually the first or only accident that comes to mind. Michael Gilmen presented today at the Symposium On University Research and Creative Expression, or SOURCE fair on campus, and his topic was the Impacts of Nuclear Accidents on Ratification Behavior of the Convention on Nuclear Safety or CNS.
Michael’s presentation focused on the idea that only after a country experiences a nuclear accident, then they will be more open to ratifying legislation to provide better nuclear safety. I viewed this idea in PR terms as crisis management, and countries as businesses in this case. Some countries have put in place nuclear safety laws that will protect their citizens in the case of a nuclear accident, while many others have not. I understand that there are many variables that affect a country’s ability to pass legislature improving nuclear safety laws, and I can only imagine that many of these provisions are expensive. But at the same time, at least as far as I’m concerned, a nuclear accident is about as big and nasty as crisis come. Shouldn’t every country have a plan of action for when and if that day finally arrives?
If every businesses and corporations waited until shit hit the fan to start changing their policies, many wouldn’t last long. Especially with today’s fast-flowing social media and headlines. These countries have a lot more at stake than just capital and clients. They have lives and the future health of their nation riding on their nuclear safety legislation. Why wait until it’s too late to make changes?