AUTHORAron, Joan
TITLELicensed to Kill?: The Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Shoreham Power Plant
PUBLISHERUniversity of Pittsburgh Press
CITYPittsburgh, PA

This book is a history of the Shoreham nuclear power plant on Long Island, New York and the battle between the state government, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and the public that surrounded the plant. The author, Joan Aron, discusses the history of the Long Island Lighting Company (LILCO), which had proposed the nuclear power plant at Shoreham in the 1960s. Facing major local opposition, which intensified following the nuclear accident at Three Mile Island in 1979, Shoreham was plagued with many problems. Those problems included a lack of public confidence, management deficiencies, negative press coverage, and difficulties in obtaining licensing. Aron also discusses the role of the state government, particularly Governor Mario Cuomo, in creating what would ultimately become a six-billion dollar shut down nuclear power plant. Shoreham was dismantled in 1991 without ever having produced any electricity for Long Island residents.

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