The impact of Three Mile Island

Gilinsky, Victor
January 1980
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists;Jan1980, Vol. 36 Issue 1, p18
The article discusses the impact of the accident occurred at the Three Mile Island Nuclear Power Plant in Pennsylvania. The accident presented the U.S. nuclear power industry with some serious problems. The accident which occurred in March 1979 shook the Americans' confidence in nuclear safety. The accident shifted the burden of proof to those who claim that nuclear power is safe. It brought into focus the ignored reactor safety problems. It brought reactor design also under close regulatory review because it was the design and structure of the reactor that contributed to the accident. The accident necessitated corrective measures to check deficiencies in nuclear plant design and operator procedures.


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