I love The Simpsons. The Simpsons cleverly, mercilessly, and democratically gore everyone's sacred cows. None are off-limits, including the professionals who comprise the commercial nuclear power industry.
|What we are not.|
How different from that comedic portrayal are the real people of the nuclear power industry? A recent briefing by our NEI colleagues, Sue Perkins-Grew and Rod McCullum, reminded us how different indeed.
|Sue Perkins-Grew in action on the ropes course at SNPM.|
And what did they learn about their classmates from across the nuclear power industry?
In short, they were greatly impressed by the caliber of people in the course. They described them as showing the highest levels of integrity and professionalism, and the utmost commitment to safety. Sue and Rod expressed high confidence that our industry is in good hands, and will remain so when these prospective senior managers take the helm at their respective plants and companies.
Those of us in the nuclear power industry understand two things very well. One is that we share a commitment to safety at all levels and in everything we do. The other is that, by Hollywood's standards, this reality - a culture that puts nuclear safety ahead of everything else - doesn't make for a very entertaining cartoon. That's ok with us. We'll just keep on pursuing excellence and providing safe, reliable electricity to power the 21st century economy. And we'll leave the laughs to Homer and the gang.