When Regulation Becomes Counterproductive

Shot of San Onofre on the way to work.

San Onofre spewing radioactive steam on the way to work.

Safety crews at San Onofre decided against taking additional steps to ensure that the nuclear plant was safe in order to avoid triggering long and costly bureaucratic reviews:

http://sanjuancapistrano.patch.com/articles/documents-prove-san-onofre-nuke-officials-knew-of-safety-problems-group-says

When avoiding bureaucracy forces people to avoid doing common-sense things they would normally do in a non-regulated environment, has regulation gone too far?  When regulations are effectively counterproductive are they worth it?  When events like this happen, should we re-assess if the regulations are accomplishing their intended goals or making things worse?

Several additional examples in other industries to follow shortly…

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