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BOOK RAISES QUESTIONS ABOUT SABOTAGE AS A
CAUSE OF THREE MILE ISLAND ACCIDENT
AND DOCUMENTS HOMELAND SECURITY RISKS OF THE NUCLEAR LEGACY
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Was Terrorism a cause of the Three Mile Island Accident? Is Nuclear Power Terrorism a Viable Threat in Coming Years?
Three Mile Island. In hindsight it could be termed a disaster. Officially it was an "accident," but whatever the name, a reactor meltdown that began twenty-five years this week in central Pennsylvania boldly and permanently demonstrated the homeland security shortcomings of nuclear power and forced this country to begin facing the economic and environmental realities of decommissioning over a hundred aging and less-than-reliable nuclear power reactors spread across America.
A new book by environmental professionals and activists documents the Three Mile Island (TMI) accident and the legacy it has brought to an environmentally and security conscious 21st-century America. Critical Hour: Three Mile Island, the Nuclear Legacy, and National Security (available through Earth Island Institute) tells the insider's story of TMI and brings to light a baffling unsolved mystery central to understanding the accident:
Was TMI the result of sabotage, or what today would be called terrorism? For a quarter century the haunting question of who closed TMI Unit II's emergency feed water valves (or "XII valves") before the start of the accident remains unsolved. The closing of these valves played a disastrous role in assuring partial meltdown of the reactor. Yet for a quarter century no one knows the answer to the all-important question of "Who closed the XII valves?" And why didn't investigators aggressively pursue an answer?
Critical Hour delves into this and other vital questions related to nuclear power, including:
How convincing is a mountain of anecdotal evidence suggesting that Three Mile Island?
Why should we decommission our nuclear reactors as soon as possible?
Why is the price tag for doing this as much as a trillion dollars?
Where will we get the money for decommissioning?
Why is nuclear power the wrong solution for producing hydrogen to support a hydrogen-based energy economy to replace today's fossil fuel economy?
How much worse could the horror of 9/11 been had hijackers aimed at New
York's Indian Point Nuclear Power plant instead of the World Trade Center?
Critical Hour is a coalescing of findings and
recommendations on the nation’s energy and domestic security future from
three seasoned environmental professionals who have been closely
involved with nuclear power issues in their distinguished careers:
Albert J. Fritsch, an internationally respected public interest scientist and environmental ethicist.
Arthur H. Purcell, an expert in sustainable resource management who served with the Senior Staff of the President's Commission on the Accident at Three Mile Island.
Mary Davis, an environmental author, activist, and nuclear critic.
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