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Hostages of each other : the transformation of nuclear safety since Three Mile Island

Author: Joseph V Rees
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1994.
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Early in the morning of March 28, 1979, several water pumps stopped working at a nuclear plant near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, setting in motion the chain of events that would make Three Mile Island an indelible symbol of disaster for the American public - and would utterly transform the nation's nuclear regulatory system. Hostages of Each Other is the first book to penetrate the silence surrounding this  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Three Mill Island Nuclear Generating Station
Rules
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Rees, Joseph V.
Hostages of each other.
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1994
(OCoLC)623660750
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Joseph V Rees
ISBN: 0226706877 9780226706870
OCLC Number: 28962416
Description: xii, 238 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction --
pt. 1. Discovering Institutions. 2. Lessons of Three Mile Island. 3. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. 4. Institute of Nuclear Power Operations --
pt. 2. Communitarian Regulation. 5. Industrial Morality. 6. Communal Pressure --
pt. 3. Institutionalizing Responsibility. 7. Learning from Experience. 8. The Professionalism Project --
9. Conclusion --
Appendix: Nuclear Industry Safety Performance Indicators.
Responsibility: Joseph V. Rees.
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Early in the morning of March 28, 1979, several water pumps stopped working at a nuclear plant near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, setting in motion the chain of events that would make Three Mile Island an indelible symbol of disaster for the American public - and would utterly transform the nation's nuclear regulatory system. Hostages of Each Other is the first book to penetrate the silence surrounding this extraordinary transformation. Taking us behind the scenes of nuclear power, Joseph Rees offers us a close and fascinating look at the dramatic change in the industry's safety standards, operation, and management in the wake of Three Mile Island. Drawing on extensive empirical research, including well over one hundred interviews, Rees depicts the appalling state of nuclear safety practices before disaster shook the industry into action. In his account of the aftermath, a little-known organization - the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) - emerges as a powerful force for change. Created by top nuclear industry executives soon after the Three Mile Island accident, this highly secretive organization appears here as the prime mover behind recent improvements in nuclear safety, with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission playing only a secondary role. Tracing the INPO's origins and its functions, Rees details how, contrary to conventional wisdom, industry self-regulation can be remarkably effective. As Three Mile Island demonstrates, an accident at any plant can catastrophically affect the entire industry - each plant's license falls hostage to the safety standards of the other plants. Placing the incident at Three Mile Island in a larger conceptual framework, Rees develops a theory of communitarian regulation that has implications far beyond the nuclear industry. For those who think that industry self-regulation is invariably weak and ineffective, this account of an internal organization marked by professionalism and a strong sense of institutional responsibility is sure to be a revelation. It will alter thinking about regulatory issues and inform ongoing debate over nuclear power.

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