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Some Lessons Were Learned from TMI, Others Were Not

April 6, 2014 by Rod Adams
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TMI and Lessons Learned

On some levels, the accident that became known as TMI (Three Mile Island) was a wake-up call and an expensive learning opportunity for both the nuclear industry and the society it was attempting to serve. Some people woke up, some considered the event a nightmare.[read more]

Nuclear Energy: Past, Present, and Future

March 31, 2014 by Rod Adams

Nuclear Energy History

On March 28, I had the privilege of attending a symposium at Dartmouth College, 'Three Mile Island 35th Anniversary Symposium: The Past, Present, and Future of Nuclear Energy.' If you are curious and have a free nine hours, you can even watch a copy of the main event on YouTube.[read more]

Nuclear Energy Saves Lives [VIDEO]

April 8, 2013 by Rod Adams
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nuclear energy

For many people who have not deeply thought about the issue, the idea that nuclear energy saves lives certainly qualifies as a “mind-bending story” from a unique perspective.[read more]

BREAKING: Global Updates on Japan Fukushima Nuclear Plant

March 11, 2011 by Dan Yurman
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UPDATED SATURDAY MORNING 0800 ESTAn 8.9 magnitude earthquake is affecting nuclear power stations in Japan. ANS Nuclear Cafe begins at | 0800 | 2011 03 11 | a media clip service on breaking news about the status of nuclear energy facilities in Japan. The news reports will be in descending order based on time/date stamps where available...[read more]

Was the Advent of the Power Reactor Premature?

May 17, 2010 by Charles Barton
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The Light Water Reactor has never been an unqualified success. It is perceived as dangerous by many people, the disposition of its spent fuel remains a matter of political controversy, and it is often alleged, quite wrongly, to be a useful nuclear proliferation tool. In addition the light water reactor has taken much criticism because...[read more]

If Nuclear Is As Superior As Its Supporters Claim, Why Won't "Wall Street" Provide All The Necessary Capital?

April 3, 2010 by Rod Adams
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A couple of my favorite colleagues - Ted Rockwell and Jerry Cuttler - have published an updated version of the Nuclear Energy Facts Report. That report is a concise resource that should be kept close at hand for anyone who wants to break through the complexity of nuclear energy and all associated issues that are the topics of frequent...[read more]

Natural and Offensive Nuclear Safety

January 7, 2010 by Charles Barton

The reactor accident at Three Mile Island is often named nuclear critics as a major reason for opposition to reactors. In fact, the Three Mile Island accident established the validity of the "Defense in Depth" nuclear safety concept beyond all reasonable doubt. Despite a considerable attempt be plaintive lawyers in a Three Mile Island...[read more]

The Impossibility of "The China Syndrome" - A Melted Reactor Core Cannot Penetrate Its Container

July 18, 2009 by Rod Adams

Gizmodo published a blog entry by Adam Frucci titled The China Syndrome And Why We Wussed Out On Nuclear Power in which he describes how a coincidental sequence of events turned a 1979 "B" movie into a blockbuster that is still making money today.While The China Syndrome was still in theaters during its first run, Three Mile Island Unit...[read more]

Looking Back 30 Years To a Wet, Expensive Rally

June 5, 2009 by Rod Adams

On a rainy June 3, 1979, there was a large gathering of people on the Long Island shore near the Shoreham Nuclear Power Plant. According to some observers, there were 15,000 people in the crowd, but others dispute that number and say it was considerably fewer. The purpose of the rally was to organize and inspire opposition to the nuclear...[read more]

Hard to Believe Story About TMI Radiation and Health Effects

April 12, 2009 by Rod Adams

As part of my rambling effort to catch up with events and commentary about nuclear power, I found an article about "new" whistleblower accusations of a massive cover up following TMI. A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned the Steven Wing studies that claim that the health records of people who lived near the facility indicate patterns that...[read more]

Three Mile Island - Thirty Years After

April 1, 2009 by William Tucker

During these past few dates in 1979, a minor valve failed in the cooling loop of a power plant on a sand bar in the middle of the Susquehanna River and the world became familiar with the name “Three Mile Island.”  The country’s first major nuclear accident was perhaps the greatest psychodrama of the era. For almost a week the...[read more]

Harvey Wasserman Claims That TMI Caused Deaths - He Denies All Evidence to the Contrary

March 25, 2009 by Rod Adams

Sometimes, I plow my way through material that almost turns my stomach or makes me laugh outright in order to keep tabs on just how far some people will go in their efforts to deny the use of atomic fission energy.It is now very close to the 30th anniversary of the accident at Three Mile Island near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. It is not...[read more]