AUTHORFord, Daniel
PUBLISHERSimon & Schuster
CITYNew York, NY

Originally published in 1982 entitled The Cult of the Atom, this book about the history of nuclear safety issues in the United States is harshly critical of the government and the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC). It states that the AEC licensed power plants in spite of reports warning about serious safety issues. The author was able to begin his research when he acquired AEC internal documents in 1971through the Freedom of Information Act. Ford was able to divulge many of the AEC’s mistakes and support his argument that the organization hid information from the public even though it knew of the hazards of nuclear technology. The final chapter describes problems with Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) that were ignored by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and others. The epilogue advocates shutting down unsafe nuclear power plants and those that are close to population centers.

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