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WANO History Book

Nuclear Safety Has No Borders: A History of the World Association of Nuclear Operators (2016)

Nuclear Safety Has No Borders: A History of the World Association of Nuclear OperatorsIn the aftermath of the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, utilities worldwide embarked on an unprecedented effort to band together to promote nuclear safety through self-regulation.  The result was the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO).  Understanding that the reputation of the entire industry rode on its weakest performer, WANO established a system that revolved around shared operating experience, professional development, technical exchange, and above all, regular peer review.  The book traces the efforts of WANO leadership to create strong governance and to find common ground, in the face of vast culture, communication, and technological challenges.

WANO’s success relied greatly on interpersonal relationships, so drawing largely upon oral history interviews the book appropriately highlights to role of influential leaders, and the role of education, experience, and temperament.  The story’s powerful narrative is anchored to landmarks in recent nuclear history: Chernobyl, the 1990s transformation of electrical utilities, and Fukushima.  The scholarly text is printed on glossy paper and includes a full-color photo signature.  Hard cover with dust jacket, 6” x 9”, endnotes, appendices, and index. 284 pages.

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