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# The initial causes of serious accidents

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The initial causes of serious accidents at nuclear power plants have not so far been flaws in the advanced-technology portion of the plants. Rather, the initial causes have been attributed to human error, as when a worker at the Browns Mills reactor in the United States dropped a candle and started a fire, or to flaws in the plumbing, exemplified in a recent incident in Japan. Such everyday events cannot be thought unlikely to occur over the long run.

Which one of the following is most strongly supported by the statements above?

(A) Now that nuclear power generation has become a part of everyday life, an ever-increasing yearly incidence of serious accidents at the plants can be expected.

(B) If nuclear power plants continue in operation, a serious accident at such a plant is not improbable.

(C) The likelihood of human error at the operating consoles of nuclear power generators cannot be lessened by thoughtful design of dials, switches, and displays.

(D) The design of nuclear power plants attempts to compensate for possible failures of the materials used in their construction.

(E) No serious accident will be caused in the future by some flaw in the advanced-technology portion of a nuclear power plant.
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Originally posted by nahid78 on 10 Apr 2017, 07:17.
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11 Apr 2017, 06:39
Such everyday events cannot be thought unlikely to occur over the long run.....change the sentence: Such everyday events may be thought likely to occur over the long run
Now just change the word long run- in operation...

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11 Apr 2017, 10:54
B says- a serious accident at such a plant is not improbable = a serious accident at such a plant is probable
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02 Jan 2018, 22:10
B it is.

Think the clue is in the last sentence.

"Such everyday events cannot be thought unlikely to occur over the long run". Which means that is is likely or probable

Therefore as per B, If nuclear power plants continue in operation, a serious accident at such a plant is not improbable.(in other words it is probable or likely)
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