Category Archives: ATOMIC ACCIDENTS

CAUGHT IN THE RICKOVER TRAP

"If a man fires at the past from a pistol, the future will fire at him from a cannon.” —Abutalib It was summer, 1985. We had successfully conceived, designed, birthed, programmed, built, worried over, installed, documented, and exhaustively tested the Safety Parameter Display System for the two General Electric BWR/4 reactor units at Georgia Power’s E. I. Hatch Nuclear Power […]

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IMAGE GALLERY

  Chapter 1. Tho-Radia was one of many radioactive cosmetic lines promising to cure boils, pimples, redness, pigmentation, and the increasing diameter of pores. This particular product, “RACHEL No. 1” face powder, contained both thorium chloride and radium bromide, both radioactive and nothing that one should rub into the skin. Dr. Alfred Curie, named on the can, was not related […]

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NUCLEAR WEAPON

"The information in it is pretty good. In some cases, a little too good.” —Tom Clancy, referring to Chuck Hansen’s US Nuclear Weapons In 1993, I was awarded a contract to solve a problem for the Defense Nuclear Agency (DNA), a now-vanished branch of the federal government that was responsible for placement and

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A TRIUMPH OF SOVIET TECHNOLOGY

Nuclear engineers love and admire hydroelectric power. It’s perfectly clean. It makes no smoke, no carbon monoxide, no radioactive waste, no toxic exhaust or lingering byproduct of any kind. Unlike nuclear power, it’s very simple. Dam up a river. Let the water from the top of the resulting lake fall through a pipe, gain energy, and spin a turbine. Connected […]

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