The generator explosion that rocked Georgia Power’s coal-fired Plant Bowen in early April appears to be the result of worker error, a spokesman for the utility told the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
Compare 39 nuclear plant worker deaths worldwide and 6,400 coal plant workers, 1,200 natural gas plant workers, and 4,000 hydel plant deaths at the same time.
Since 2011 only three nuclear incidents have been reported, with the highlight being the Fukushima nuclear accident. Nuclear power is the fourth-largest source of electricity in India, and as of 2010, India, has 20 nuclear reactors in operation generating 4,780 MW; with an additional 5,300 MW expected in the near future. Germany has decided to phase out all of its nuclear plants by 2022 and were followed by countries like Switzerland, Italy, Japan and Spain. He's currently based out of Mumbai where he is working in Business Development in the Renewable’s department of a Power Utility.
As Tier II and Tier III cities grow, demand for goods and energy will steeply rise and without rapid increase in power generation capacities it will be very difficult for the economy to support this growth.
As per the International Air Transport Association (IATA) in 2010 the global accident rate was equal to one accident for every 1.6 million flights- the lowest in history. According to the article, Georgia Power has concluded the first part of its internal investigation and is attributing the blast to an explosive mix of hydrogen and air inside of one of the plant’s generator units. The Fukushima disaster of 2011 inspired disbelief and horror initially and culminated in mass civilian outrage and protests over ‘safety’ of nuclear plants. After the Fukushima accident, further questions and fresh protests have risen against nuclear energy in the country.


As per World Nuclear Association, only 3 major accidents have occurred in 15,000 cumulative reactor-years of commercial nuclear power operation in 32 countries. From 1970 to 1992, there were 39 on-the-job deaths of nuclear power plant workers worldwide, while during the same time period, there were 6,400 on-the-job deaths of coal power plant workers, 1,200 on-the-job deaths of natural gas power plant workers and general public, and 4,000 deaths of general public caused by hydroelectric power plants. With increased pressure on expensive polluting conventional fuel, nuclear energy will play a critical role if global economies are to switch towards cleaner energy generation. Reactor unit 4 blew up on April 26, 1986, the worst nuclear accident before Japan's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident, left more than 4,000 fatalities. In the mid-afternoon on April 4, a blast occurred at Georgia Power’s Plant Bowen as the Unit 2 generator was being taken offline for a scheduled maintenance outage.
A nuclear and radiation accident is defined by the International Atomic Energy Agency as “an event that has led to significant consequences to people, the environment or the facility.
The company spokesman said Georgia Power has determined a breakdown in staff communication and a failure to comply with procedure is what set the stage for the accident. According to Scientific American, the average coal power plant emits more than 100 times as much radiation per year in the form of fly ash, than a comparatively sized nuclear power plant. Immediately following the event all units were taken offline at the power station, but Units 3 and 4 have since been returned to service.
Nuclear accidents are particularly dangerous because apart from direct exposure they can also cause radiation exposure and other effects which might be life threatening and can lead to birth defects and health problems, many of which are terminal. For all we know another ‘type of plant’ instead of a nuclear plant, in its place might have caused comparable destruction.


Plant Bowen is located northwest of Atlanta, and is one of the largest generating facilities in Georgia Power's system, with a rated power output of more than 3,000 megawatts from its four generating units.
In fact, populations around these plants are most at risk and they should be taken into confidence. Georgia Power is a subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), one of the nation's largest generators of electricity. As of 2011 IAEA is spending only 8.9 % of its 352 million-euro ($469 million) regular budget on making plants safer. Recently IMF chief Christine Lagarde said pollution from coal generation plants causes about 70,000 premature deaths every year in India. Even though this is no justification of any sorts for the accident; one must also look at the track record of nuclear energy.
As per World nuclear association, only 3 major accidents have occurred in 15,000 cumulative reactor-years of commercial nuclear power operation in 32 countries”. The decommissioned work continues 27 years after the accident, it is unclear when the work will be completed.



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