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Nuclear Energy: David Shaw 3/3/09 D. Shaw 2/17/10
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Public Opinion on nuclear energy Chernobyl TMI accident IPCC report
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Nuclear Energy 3
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Three Mile Isle
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March 28, 1979 Secondary cooling loop stops pumping. Rising temperatures caused emergency valve to open to release pressure, but indicator light malfunctioned Due to loss of steam, water level drops, water overheats and burns out pump Reactor core overheats and begins to melt (a “meltdown”)
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March 28, 1979 Overheated water contains 350 times normal level of melted down radioactive matter A worker sees the open valve and closes it To prevent an explosion, he reopens it, releasing radioactive steam into the atmosphere
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March 28, 1979 Nuclear Regulatory commission is notified White House is notified TMI is evacuated All small children and pregnant women within a five mile radius are evacuated A fifteen-year clean up project awaits
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Chernobyl Disaster In 1986, the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine exploded
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The Anti-Nuclear Movement Rachel Carson started it all in Silent Spring She was the first to bring to light the harmful externalities of pesticides, including the risks of genetic mutations
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November 1974: Silkwood Karen Silkwood was a worker at the Kerr-McGee plant in Cimarron, Oklahoma, where the workers were not being protected from the radioactive materials When she raised a stink about this problem, she was mysteriously struck by a car As a result, NOW (National Organization of Women) and OCAW (Oil, Coal, and Atom Workers) joined the struggle against the corruption in the nuclear industry
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July 16, 1979: Church Rock One hundred million gallons of nuclear waste were accidentally spilled on the Navajo Indian reservation in Church Rock, New Mexico The waste ran into the Rio Puerco The towns of Gallup, Lupton, and Saunders had to truck in drinking water, and all of the grazing livestock were slaughtered Very little media coverage due to Three Mile Island
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The Seabrook Occupation
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Seabrook: Sunday, April 30, 1977 18,000 people protested the building of a nuclear reactor in Seabrook, New Hampshire National Guard and State Troopers called in by Gov. Meldrim Thomson 1,414 of them were arrested and denied due process They refused to pay bail, and were incarcerated for a week This was a struggle between the people and the corporate/government structure
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Different Attitudes on Nuclear Power United States: Stigma of “unsafe” after Three Mile Island NIMBY attitude toward siting France: Impact of “oil shock” during 1970s Advantage of strong centralized gov’t Huge lobbying campaign Trust in technology Today, France is energy exporter!
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The Nature of Nuclear Energy Radioactive - Nuclei of certain atoms are
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This note was uploaded on 02/20/2011 for the course EE 571 taught by Professor Dr.davidshaw during the Spring '10 term at SUNY Buffalo.

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