(see also Nuclear Weapons, Nuclear Waste & Energy Self-Sufficiency)
103 nuclear power plants produce about 20% of the electricity in the US. The last to go on-line was Watts Bar in Tennessee in 1996 -- after 23 years of construction & billions in cost over-rides.
On the Web: Specialized Sites
Nuclear Control Institute. Monitors industry efforts to weaken power plant security requirements.
Nuclear Energy Institute. Industry's Washington lobby group.
US Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Government oversight agency.
Borenstein, Seth. "Nuclear power shows signs of renaissance," San Jose Mercury News (6/15/03):6A. Entergy, Exelon & Dominion Resources seeking licenses to build plants, a campaign largely abandoned after Three Mile Island near-meltdown in 1979. Cost overrides a big factor.
Ehrlich, Anne H. "Chernobyl, cancer, & cheating," Amicus Journal 8,2 (fall 86).
Davidson, Osha Gray. "Dirty Secrets: no president has gone after the nation's environmental laws with the same fury as George W. Bush & none has so been so adept at staying under the radar," Mother Jones (9-10/2003): 49-53.
Grossman, Karl. "Red tape & radioactivity," Common Cause 12,4 (7-8/86).
Khripunov, Igor & Maria Katsva. "Russia's nuclear industry: the next generation," Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists 58,2 (3-4/2002):51-57. After Chernobyl.
Kolbert, Elizabeth. "Indian Point blank," New Yorker (3/3/03): 36-41. Concerns with a nuclear power plant on the Hudson.
Makarushka, Mary. "Journey to Chernobyl," On Wisconsin (spr 05):40-45,63. Legacies of 1986 explosion & fire.
Schumacher, Geoff. "Dumping on Nevada," In These Times (3/4/02):5.
Shambroom, Paul. Face to Face with the Bomb: Nuclear Reality after the Cold War (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins, 2003).
Stranahan, Susan Q. "Reactor revival," Mother Jones (11-12/01):30-33. Bush administration plans to give nuclear power in the US a new lease on life.
In the Library: Non-Fiction Books
Alexievich, Svetlana. Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster  (Normal IL: Dalkey Archive, 2005).
Butler, Richard. Fatal Choice: Nuclear Weapons Survival or Sentence (?: Westview, 2003).
Commoner, Barry. The Politics of Energy (NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 1979).
Grossman, Karl. Cover Up: What You Are Not Supposed to Know about Nuclear Power (Sag Harbor NY, 1982).
Hertsgaard, Mark. Nuclear Inc.: The Men & Money behind Nuclear Energy (NY: Pantheon, 1983).
Loeb, Paul Rogat. Nuclear Culture: Living & Working in the World's Largest Atomic Complex  (Philadelphia: New Society, 1986). Weapons & energy research at Pacific Northwest Laboratory.
Mazuzan, George T. & J. Samuel Walker. Controlling the Atom: The Beginnings of Nuclear Regulation, 1946-1962 (Berkeley: U. California, 1985).
Nader, Ralph & John Abbots. The Menace of Atomic Energy (rev. ed. NY: Norton, 1979).
Perin, Constance. Shouldering Risks: The Culture of Control in the Nuclear Power Industry (Princeton NJ: Princeton U., 2005).
Walker, J. Samuel. Containing the Atom: Nuclear Regulation in a Changing Environment (Berkeley: U. California, 1992).
__________. A Short History of Nuclear Regulation, 1946-1990 (Washington: US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, 1993).
Wasserman, Harvey & Norman Solomon, with Robert Alvarez & Eleanor Walters. Killing Our Own: The Disaster of America's Experience with Atomic Radiation (NY, 1982).
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"Chernobyl: Ten Days for Disaster" [?], by BBC Television, 30m. From Films for the Humanities & Sciences. How human error, design flaws & lack of safety devices led to meltdown; & consequences for regional & world environments.
"Silkwood" , dir. Mike Nichols, ?m. In video stores. Oklahoma nuclear plant worker grows militant in response to endangerment of workers' health by radiation, & dies in mysterious circumstances.
"Three Mile Island Revisited: An Eco Expose with Karl Grossman" (1992), 29m. From Green Sphere, Inc.