AUTHORFuller, John G.
TITLEWe Almost Lost Detroit
PUBLISHERReader’s Digest Press
CITYNew York, NY

This book discusses the 1966 accident at the Fermi No. 1 fast metal breeder nuclear reactor near Detroit, Michigan, and the questions the accident raises for the use of nuclear power generation in the United States. The author describes the events at the accident. He stresses that the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) estimated that any accident would be catastrophic, and that no insurance policy covered any people or equipment that might be involved in such an accident. He states that there was no solution to deal with radioactive waste accumulation, and that there were serious safety issues involved with many U.S. reactors. He also emphasizes that nuclear power plants were vulnerable to terrorists, and that the U.S. government had not allocated funds to research alternate forms of energy. The discussion is based on facts available at the time of publication, 1975.

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