Doublespeak: Nuclear Power Plants



Harrisburg, Pennsylvania is the home of a large, efficient, and
threatening nuclear power plant, Three Mile Island. Nuclear power plants have
the awesome ability to create large amounts of power with very little fuel, yet
they carry the frightening reality of a meltdown with very little warning.
Suppose you live in Harrisburg and you here that the nearby nuclear plant had a
partial meltdown, how would you react? When most people here the word meltdown,
they automatically think radiation, cancer, and death. Now suppose your living
in Harrisburg and you here the nearby power plant experienced a "normal
aberration", you would probably react differently.
Even with the highly proven safety ...

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public and may make them believe that a major accident hasn't happened, or
the accident was a normal event or minor incident.
In 1979 a valve in the Three Mile Island stuck open, allowing coolant,
an important part of the plant, to escape from the reactor. An installed
emergency system did its job and supplied the reactor with necessary coolant,
but the system was shot off for a few hours due to employee error. Corrective
action was eventually taken, and only a partial meltdown occurred. The plant's
containment building was able to hold most of the radioactive products from
entering the local environment. Only a small amount of activity escaped, that
activity was carried by coolant water that had overflowed into an auxiliary
building and then to the environment. Though the event didn't pose any extreme
harm to citizens, this one billion dollar incident wasn't an everyday event or
normal occurrence, as the industry's doublespeak makes you believe.
In 1986 a similar but more ...

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