Samuel Walkers Three Mile Island

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J. Samuel Walker's book Three Mile Island: a Nuclear Crisis in Historical Perspective, which was published in 2004, recounted the events that took place twenty-five years earlier in the nuclear facility in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The author is the official historian of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)1, which can only mean that he has the most number of accurate information that can lay the bases for objective analysis and conclusions of what took place in the Three Mile Island Nuclear Generating Station in March 28 to April 1, 1979.


The potential severity of the accident's consequences became all the more obvious as agencies from the local to the federal levels went to an emergency mode. This was also the first ever incident of such kind in the country, making it even more complex for the government to solve quickly. As a result, this also exposed the latent weaknesses of the nuclear power program being pursued by the Carter administration and its predecessors.
The book started with a narration of the plot of the movie China Syndrome. Released barely two weeks before the Three Mile Island accident, the movie depicted the possible panic that can occur should an incident inside a nuclear power plant lead into a bigger disaster, one that would release hazardous nuclear radiation into the open. The movie did become a hit for its cinematic effects but it also exposed the possible flaws of the system. Critics of the nuclear power program praised it for bringing into public the issue while advocates commented negatively, pointing out that such even is almost impossible. ...
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