The article on nuclear liability (January 2003 Legal Report ) was unduly alarmist. When assessing the effectiveness of the various nuclear liability regimes, it is also important to balance such consideration with the following factors:
I would contend that nuclear site operators (and their insurers) have constructed a robust regime that will respond effectively for the victims of a nuclear catastrophe. Everyone in the nuclear community is aware of the consequences of a catastrophic accident and this has provided the incentive for ever- improving trends in levels of nuclear safety, international regulation and plant performance.
I would suggest that the search for inadequate compensation should focus elsewhere and that the nuclear industry should, instead, be recognised, applauded and emulated for what it has achieved.
M G Tetley
British Nuclear Insurers