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The lack of transparency in the nuclear industry_ including Tokyo Electric Power Co. _ has caused some of the problems, said Baruch Fischhoff, a professor of decision sciences at Carnegie Mellon University. It is a charge Kerekes disputes.

“The nuclear industry has behaved in a way that is untrustworthy, both in the sense of not telling people the truth and not having the competence to manage their own affairs,” Fischhoff said. He added that industry is too quick to brush off people’s fears: “Telling the public that they are idiots is certainly not a way of making friends.”

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Online:

Paul Slovic’s Decision Research: http://www.decisionresearch.org/

The Nuclear Energy Institute: http://www.nei.org/

The Union of Concerned Scientists: http://www.ucsusa.org/nuclear_power/