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Nuclear safety in perspective

J. K. Basson
Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif vir Natuurwetenskap en Tegnologie | Vol 2, No 1 | a1102 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/satnt.v2i1.1102 | © 1983 J. K. Basson | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 20 March 1983 | Published: 20 March 1983

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J. K. Basson,, South Africa

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Abstract

The impending operation of South Africa’s first nuclear power station, Koeberg, necessitates a thorough analysis of nuclear safety under local conditions. More is known, worldwide, about radiation effects than about any other health hazard, and international norms have already been accepted since 1928. The widespread use of X-rays and radio-isotopes, the extraction and processing of uranium, visits by nuclear-powered ships and, especially, the nuclear-reactor operation in South Africa. Consequently, the pre-operational investigations of Koeberg could be completed thoroughly, with full confidence in its safe commissioning.

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