Crisis Contained: The Department of Energy at Three Mile Island (Science and International Affairs)
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The account of the sequence of events and of the human interplay that first created, and then narrowly contained, this potential disaster, is downright gripping.” Choice. It would be hard to imagine that anyone could produce a more representative and readableaccount of thetechnical and human failures at Three Mile Island
"Awsome accounting of the event." according to Tom. Gives you a great underestanding of the actual events as they occured and how govermental agency actually worked in an emergency. Much of what was recorded was not known by the public and gives an accurate accountinging of what took place during the event. Good read on lessions learn during a major non-event actually.
Yet,” the authors contend, the serious extent of the accident was caused by human error: technocrats blundered, lost control of technology, and, refusing to admit it,gave confusing, inconsistent, and jargon-laden explanations.” There was a welter of information and misinformation. To sift out the truth that would enable them to write the history of this contemporary event, Cantelon and Williams relied on unpublished archival materialsincluding logs of scientists and government officialson oral interviews with participants, and on reports of other government agencies. What escaped at Three Mile Island was not only radiation, but, more importantly for the nuclear power industry, public confidence in technology and technocracy,” report Cantelon and Williams in their detailed account of the response of the Department of Energy to America’s worst civilian nuclear power accident. What happened at Three Mile Island was a technological failure of monstrous proportions. Many of the residents of what became a war zone” will never be the same, though radiation never touched them. Imagination and unconscious fears were far more important than any accurate perception of risk after a Nuclear Regulatory Commission official usedthe term meltdown at a Friday afternoon news conference.. The result is a significant history, one that shows how scientists