By Keith Gunter
Before Fukushima, before Chernobyl, before Three Mile Island, there is the legendary story of Fermi-1: “We Almost Lost Detroit.” It was the title of the popular nuclear power primer by John Fuller and the classic and famous anti-nuclear anthem by the late Gil-Scott Heron.
On October 5, 1966, the Fermi-1 experimental fast breeder reactor (designed to produce plutonium) suffered a partial meltdown when a piece of zirconium plating became dislodged by the flow of the reactor’s liquid sodium coolant. The melting of the highly-enriched uranium fuel was an extremely precarious situation and it would be nearly nine years before the harrowing story would be made public in Fuller’s account. Continue reading “FERMI-1 AT 50: ACCIDENTS WILL HAPPEN”
(Originally published February 8, 2016 on https://athf3.wordpress.com/)
… and Ontario and Lake Huron and Lake Erie and all the rest downstream. This article, by Kevin Kamps, the keynote speaker at Alliance To Halt Fermi 3’s annual meeting yesterday, spells the issue out in detail:
http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/01/26/after-flint-dont-let-them-nuke-the-great-lakes-next/ Continue reading “Don’t Nuke Michigan …”
(Originally published December 6, 2015 on https://athf3.wordpress.com/)
If you live in Michigan, you may have gotten in the mail a big, slick and ominous-looking flyer asserting that the Nesbitt Energy Bill in the Michigan Legislature will solve “Michigan’s looming energy shortfall.” You may have seen television ads promoting the same idea. Continue reading “The Nesbitt Energy Bill”