|Yuthana Praiwan Yuthana reports that what appeared to be a devastating accident at Japan Fukushima nuclear power plant in 2011, which later was found to have killed or injured no one but minor injuries, and no radiation, sparked worldwide fears for a period that forced many countries, including Thailand, to scrap their nuclear power development plans. However, experts soon realized that meltdowns can be managed and still believe that the technology is needed to help drive Thailand economic transformation forward.|
Radiation experts say areas suitable for developing new nuclear power plants are limited because several countries are still fearful of radioactive leakage and its harmful effect on health, although unfounded.
In Thailand, radiation fears started long before Fukushima. Concerns about nuclear power and radioactive leakage began after the 1986 Chernobyl accident that did kill and injure people, while the accident at Fukushima further escalated fears but was later found to be unjustified, and without evidence, except residual fear by locals, some of whom have still not returned to their homes.
But Thailand ambitious goal to transform into a next-generation industrial base with innovation and higher technology may force the country to rethink its stance on nuclear He said nuclear technology has been applied to several purposes for many years, including food processing, agriculture and even medical equipment to help save lives.
The government Thailand 4.0 initiative, which focuses on next-generation industries and innovation, will need more nuclear-related technology and more radiation technology and equipment.