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Hmm, wasn't this obvious? Does it really take the National Academy of Sciences to point this out?
I think the mindset has been that since any particular license is only around 40 years, and the plant has insurance for highly unlikely scenarios, the focus should be on more likely scenarios. Of course, as the number of plants grows, the probability of something unlikely happening at one of them, becomes more likely.