Prevent the Massive Release of Radiation
Global well-being can be threatened on a large scale by the massive release of radioactive materials, whether through nuclear weapon blasts, nuclear power plant meltdowns, nuclear waste disposal practices, or terrorism involving radiation weapons. These dangers are actually increasing as nuclear power plants age and may have their operations extended beyond their original projected lifetimes, and as the materials for potential radiological weapons proliferate around the world. The economically beneficial deregulation of electricity markets globally puts pressure on nuclear power industries to cut costs. It increases the prospect that unsafe shortcuts will be taken in operations, in handling, and in securing nuclear materials. The foundation supports a variety of projects that develop and promote policies to reduce the risk of such events.