The spring of 2016 is an anniversary of two of the worst nuclear power plant accidents in history so far. It has been thirty years since the disaster in Chernobyl, Ukraine; the reactors in Fukushima, Japan, were destroyed five years ago. Looking back in time today, we can assess the impacts of the disasters and the effectiveness of preventive measures adopted as a consequence of them. Have the operators taken adequate lessons from past accidents? Do current nuclear power plants attain a satisfactory safety level? What risks have to be taken into account? And how is the safety issue reflected in the nuclear energy economics?
The objective of the international conference NEC 2016 “Nuclear Energy – Expensive Gamble” is to discuss, in the presence of international and Czech experts, precisely these economic aspects of the nuclear power industry, which condition its future.
31. May 2016 – On the occasion of conference there was created Resolution to improve the nuclear safety culture. The Resolution is addressed to President of the European Council - Donald Tusk, President of the European Commission - Jean-Claude Juncker and President of the European Parliament - Martin Schulz.
13. April 2016 – The Conference also led to the creation of a few interviews and articles. The article in English (with audio version) called "Chernobyl impact study suggests Czech Republic was worse hit by nuclear disaster" is based on Dr. Ian Fairlie's presentation.
24. March 2016 – The total number of people who have died or are going to die of cancer as a result of the nuclear accident in Chernobyl,
is estimated to reach 40 thousands. There has been a significant rise in the number of diseases caused by genetic disorders that occured among people who were born after the accident. These key findings are included in the TORCH study which was published by the British radiobiologist Ian Fairlie in 2016. Dr. Ian Fairlie, who is an independent consultant for the British Government, will give a comprehensive presentation on these issues at Nuclear Energy Conference 2016.