A tale of the withholding of truth; implementation of untested designs; toothless ‘overseers’ and safety compromised in favour of political and business expediency.
The film linked to the article above is an hour long, but it’s an eye-opener. Some quotes:
“… Russia announced that it had built the world’s first nuclear power station. What the Soviets did not reveal was that it took more electricity to run the plant than it produced.”
Windscale, UK, October 1957: “… the radioactivity released was far worse than the public was told.”
“The (US) Federal Government and the nuclear industry decided that the absence of proof of danger was almost as good as proof of safety.”
Three Mile Island, Pennsylvania, US, March 1979: “… my principle concern is that we got an accident that we’ve never been designed to accommodate… this is a failure mode that’s never been studied.”
“A nuclear generating plant is as harmless as a chocolate factory.”
‘As harmless as…’? Right. Pull the other one.