AUTHORMcCallion, Kenneth F.
TITLEShoreham and the Rise and Fall of the Nuclear Power Industry
PUBLISHERPraeger Publishers
CITYWestport, CT

This book recounts the history of the Shoreham nuclear power plant in New York state and the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) fraud case brought against the plant's owner, the Long Island Lighting Company (LILCO) by Suffolk County. The author, a former federal prosecutor, was Suffolk County’s lead trial counsel in the RICO case and, hence, offers a first-hand account of the trial and the events leading up to it, providing a detailed record of the facts that caused a federal jury to find LILCO guilty of fraud. The book illuminates and examines the evidence of LILCO’s negligence in the construction of Shoreham as well as the fraud LILCO committed in an effort to avoid bankruptcy. It presents the Shoreham mismanagement as a representation of the nuclear power industry in the United States, suggesting that the mistakes and the consequences that ensued should serve as a warning against the dangers of nuclear power. Framing the RICO case in terms of the American debate over the viability of nuclear power, the book takes a firm position against nuclear power, critiquing the low safety standards for American plants and suggesting that the risks of nuclear power outweigh the benefits.

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