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Fukushima Dai-ichi—Kinectrics supports the nuclear community

March 29, 2011

The recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan, which devastated the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, has again put the spotlight on one of the world’s most powerful, complex and often controversial technologies.

But in the midst of the easily-spun media rhetoric and criticism, one thing bears repeating: few industries take safety more seriously than nuclear power; few industries are held to higher standards.  It must be remembered that it is nuclear personnel at all levels who must manage the challenge of making and keeping the industry safe every day—not only when catastrophe strikes. 

At Kinectrics, we acknowledge and express our appreciation for the skill and dedication of the engineers, managers and skilled technical personnel currently working to control and restore the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant. Like our own Kinectrics nuclear team, they are part of a vital community that shares a commitment to providing the most rigorous technical support possible to keep the nuclear stations safe and functioning at optimal levels.

No technology or method of power generation is perfect. Despite its known issues, nuclear generation remains a clean, reliable and significant source of power. Equipment qualification, nuclear chemistry and radioactive materials management, as well as countless other advanced scientific capabilities remain intrinsic to its success.  Yet, the nuclear industry’s greatest asset continues to be its people: the engineers, scientists, technologists and countless other highly-skilled individuals who work diligently—in even extraordinary circumstances like Fukushima Dai-ichi —to support  this important technology and the millions of citizens it serves worldwide.