YCEI’s sixth annual conference was dedicated to the future of nuclear energy. The closing keynote, delivered by former NRC Chairman Allison Macfarlane, focused on the 2011 earthquake and tsunami at the Daichi 2 plant in Fukushima, Japan. Macfarlane shares the findings of Japan’s Diet investigative panel and observations of how the plant could withstand a 9.0 earthquake and tsunami, but be destroyed when its below-ground backup generators were submerged and unable to subsequently provide cooling power.
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E. Don Elliott (moderator) is Professor (Adjunct) of Law at Yale Law School and a leading academic scholar, as well as practitioner, in the fields of administrative and environmental law. He is also senior of counsel in the Washington D.C. office of Covington & Burling LLP, and co-chair of the firm’s Environmental Practice Group.
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