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Three Mile Island. A Report to the Commissioners and to the Public. Volume II. Part 1. Preaccident Licensing and Regulation Background.

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This is the second volume of the Special Inquiry Groups report to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on the accident at Three Mile Island. The first volume contained a narrative description of the accident and a discussion of the major conclusions and recommendations. This second volume is divided into three parts. Part 1 of Volume II focuses on the preaccident licensing and regulatory background. This part includes an examination of the overall licensing and regulatory system for nuclear powerplants viewed from different perspectives the system as it is set forth in statutes and regulations, as described in Congressional testimony, and an overview of the system as it really works. In addition, Part 1 includes the licensing, operating, and inspection history of Three Mile Island Unit 2, discussions of relevant regulatory matters, a discussion of specific precursor events related to the accident, a case study of the pressurizer design issue, and an analysis of incentives to declare commercial operation. Part 2 of Volume II focuses on a technical description of the accident. It includes a narrative description of the accident, a time line chronology, a discussion of radioactive releases and the radiation protection program at TMI, an assessment of plant behavior, a discussion of core damage and alternative accident scenarios, and a discussion of human factors. Part 3 of Volume II contains descriptions and assessments of responses to the accident by 1 the utility, 2 the NRC, and 3 State and Federal agencies an analysis of information provided to the media during the accident and a study prepared for the Special Inquiry Group on safety management factors germane to the accident.

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  • Administration and Management
  • Humanities and History
  • Nuclear Power Plants and Fission Reactor Engineering

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