Supporters of nuclear power argue that our general perception of its safety has been unfairly informed by the hijinks of fictional nuclear plant worker Homer Simpson (never mind actual events at Chernobyl and Three Mile Island.) President Bush even goes out of his way to counter such safety concerns in his energy policy:
Advances in science, engineering, and plant design have made nuclear power plants far safer than ever before – plant workers and managers focus on security above all else.
Source: The White House
"Advances in science" have also improved video games. On Friday, a worker at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant was caught playing a handheld video game during a surprise inspection. This is alarming enough, but it turns out that playing video games on the job at the site of our nation's worst nuclear accident isn't even against the rules:
The employee did not violate any rules as guards are allowed to engage in mind-stimulating activities, the state Department of Environmental Protection said. But the alleged lapse - which follows five other reports of employee inattention in the past two years - is prompting officials to review current policies.'The issue is not the guard's use of the video game,' Kathleen McGinty, secretary of the environmental agency, said in a statement.'The real issue is that his complete absorption in the game distracted him from noticing the repeated approach of our inspector. And that shows why this procedure needs to be changed and these video games disallowed,' she said.
Source: Pocono Record
I feel safer.