Joan Aron delves into the knotty problems of nuclear regulation with profound insights, lucid writing, and exceptional scholarship. The book reads like a novel: fast-paced, dramatic, and saturated with stories that give the saga of the faltering Shoreham plant its rich texture and profoundly human dimension. . . . A brilliant tour de force, it is destined to become a classic in its field.
Examines the nuclear power plant constructed at Shoreham, New York, and the accumulated miscalculations and mishaps that eventually forced its deconstruction. An intricate study of the groups, policies and regulatory issues involved in a historic legal battle.
The recounting of the management blunders made by Shorehams' owner . . . deserves to be read and studied by anyone with any connection with technology management anywhere in the world.
Ms. Aron's conclusions about nuclear power may not matter, in the sense that it is not clear when any level of government will face a decision on opening a new reactor. . . . But her conclusion about trust and government might apply to other fields.
Joan Aron is author of The Quest for Regional Cooperation: A Study of the New York Metropolitian Regional Council. Aron joined the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission in 1976 as a senior policy analyst and lives in Washington, D.C.