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Unformatted text preview: Unit 3 Nuclear Power Plant Accidents 3-15 The History of Nuclear Accidents Nuclear accidents occasionally occur, making people more concerned about the safety of nuclear power plants. Now that we have learned about the defense-in-depth measures taken in the design of nuclear power plants, we can examine some of the past nuclear power plant accidents. The most well-known nuclear power plant accidents occurred at Three Mile Island and Chernobyl. Both of these accidents involved the release of radioactive material and initiated radiological emergency management efforts. Not every accident at such plants results in public radiation exposure. Even serious accidents could occur without public exposure. Examples of some nuclear accidents which have occurred at nuclear power plants and other nuclear facilities include: O Windscale, England (October 7, 1957). A fire at this plutonium production plant released significant amounts of radioactive material. Radioactive iodine contaminated nearby grazing land. Two millionamounts of radioactive material....
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This note was uploaded on 01/29/2010 for the course MPA mpa1 taught by Professor Scotts during the Spring '10 term at Acton School of Business.
- Spring '10