Fukushima and the Nuclear Regulatory Comission

Any post-mortem on a public catastrophe will reveal idiocies and calamitous mistakes.  The Japanese Report of the Fukushima nuclear meltdowns, released earlier this week, bristles with those kind of specifics.  Most institutions can change, even improve, especially if the dangers are specific and technical and there's a reasonable institutional willingness to listen and act.

So there will be some improvement in the way the Japanese nuclear industry operates.

But cultural and political breakdowns, which inevitably lead to technical problems, are much more resistant to change.  At the heart of the Japanese report is just such a profound and implacable problem.