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“In New Calculus on Smoking, It’s Health Gained vs. Pleasure Lost”
(front page, Aug. 7), about taking happiness into account in
cost-benefit analyses by the Food and Drug Administration, points out
the downside to such an approach, but accounting for the loss of
happiness and other psychological factors in risk assessments makes
sense in some cases.
2011 Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan led to the evacuation of some
150,000 people, and most of them may never return to their homes. This
disruption of so many lives is undoubtedly having profound psychosocial
in the United States, when evaluating new nuclear reactor safety
requirements, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission considers only the
direct monetary costs of such disasters — like the value of condemned
land and the cost of decontamination — and ignores the social costs of a
large population of permanently displaced people.
The nuclear commission should enhance public safety by broadening its definition of the cost of such human tragedies.
EDWIN LYMAN Senior Scientist Union of Concerned Scientists Washington, Aug. 7, 2014