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The Resource Hostages of each other : the transformation of nuclear safety since Three Mile Island, Joseph V. Rees

Hostages of each other : the transformation of nuclear safety since Three Mile Island, Joseph V. Rees

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Hostages of each other : the transformation of nuclear safety since Three Mile Island
Title
Hostages of each other
Title remainder
the transformation of nuclear safety since Three Mile Island
Statement of responsibility
Joseph V. Rees
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Language
eng
Summary
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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Rees, Joseph V
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Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (U.S.)
  • Nuclear power plants
  • Nuclear industry
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Hostages of each other : the transformation of nuclear safety since Three Mile Island, Joseph V. Rees
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 187-229) and index
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volume
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nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
Control code
28962416
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 238 pages
Isbn
9780226706870
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1555286
Label
Hostages of each other : the transformation of nuclear safety since Three Mile Island, Joseph V. Rees
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 187-229) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
Control code
28962416
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 238 pages
Isbn
9780226706870
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1555286

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