Memoirs of a Hayseed Physicist: Part: Part 528

Up until 1979 all power reactors were being touted by reactor scientists as safer than most of the then available sources of energy. Then, in 1979, a meltdown occurred at Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania. Although there were no radiation-induced injuries, this incident opened a new perspective in the nuclear industry. I remember having gone to early seminars featuring “human factors engineering” by experts from MIT who had claimed that the possibility of having a reactor accident was less than one in a million.

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