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Poisoned Power, The Case Against Nuclear Power Plants Before and After Three Mile Island

John W. Gofman, Ph.D., M.D.
and Arthur R. Tamplin, Ph.D.

Rodale Press, Emmaus, Pa.

Presented here, in both hypertext and ASCII text formats, is a combination of the 1971 and 1979 editions of Poisoned Power since they are not identical. The differences in the 1979 reprint are the following:
  • Appendices II, III, and IV were not included
  • Appendix VII, "Commercial Nuclear Power Reactors in the United States" was updated
  • Chapter Nine's graphic, "Nuclear Power Plants in the United States", was updated to match Appendix VII (as well it's first sentence)
  • an additional Foreward was written to augment the text with information on Three Mile Island and challenge the continuing "Safe and Clean" nuclear industry propaganda, largely paid for with tax dollars.
Appendices II-IV of the 1971 version have historical value for their significance of holding people accountable. The benefit in demonstrating that facts and insights of 1971 do not automatically become obsolete.





ISBN 0-87857-004-7


Copyright © 1971, 1979 by John W. Gofman and Arthur R. Tamplin

Permission is granted for downloading, copying, and distribution all or parts of this book, provided that the text and drawings are reproduced without any alterations.

Printed in the United States of America on recycled paper containing a high percentage of de-inked fiber.

Library of Congress Cataloging in Publication Data

Gofman, John William
    Poisoned Power,
    Includes biographical references and index.
    1.   Atomic power-plants—Environmental Aspects.
2.   Radioactive pollution.    I. Tamplin, Arthur R.,
joint author.     II.   Title.
TD195.E4G63       1979         333.7           79-16781
ISBN 0-87857-288-0

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( Expanded ToC )

Foreward to the 1979 Printing
Foreword, by Mike Gravel, U.S. Senator from Alaska
Introduction: The Nuclear Juggernaut
Chapter 1: Nuclear Reactors to Generate Electricity
Chapter 2: How Radiation from Atomic Energy Programs Gets to You — What it Does to You
Chapter 3: How Radiation Produces Disease and Hereditary Alterations
Chapter 4: Is Any Radiation "Safe"?
Chapter 5: Promises, Promises
Chapter 6: How Safe Are Nuclear Reactors?
Chapter 7: Nuclear Electricity and The Citizen's Rights
Chapter 8: The Nuclear Legacy — Radioactive Wastes and Plutonium
Chapter 9: Alternatives Available to Us
Chapter 10: What Can Citizens Do About Nuclear Electricity?
Chapter 11: Must We Hold Out for The "Cold Corpses"?
Chapter 12: Toward An Adversary System of Scientific Inquiry
Chapter 13: The Ultimate Issue — Conversion or Ecocide
Appendix I: Nuclear Power Questions and Answers
Appendix II: Moratorium Activists
Appendix III: Atomic Safety and Licensing Board
Appendix IV: Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards
Appendix V: When Experts Disagree, Which Ones Shall We Believe?
Appendix VI: Nuclear Power and Alternatives
Appendix VII: Commercial Nuclear Power Reactors in the United States


List Of Figures

image   link to location of image in text
figure 1   Vertical cross-section of a pressurized-water nuclear reactor
figure 2   Liquid Metal Fast Breeder/Pressurized Water Reactor diagrams
figure 3   A fission reaction
figure 4   rat exposed to single dose of beta rays
figure 5   small doses of x-ray exposure over 15 years to hand of physician
figure 6   2 cell cultures: left unexposed, right exposed to ionizing radiation
figure 7   human chromosomes diagrams, cell division to each daughter cell
figure 8   human chromosomes in cell damaged by gamma ray radiation
figure 9   Radiation Hazard graphic
figure 10   Nuclear Fuel Cycle
figure 10   (smaller, inlined version)
figure 11   electric power industry advertisement promoting increased consumption of electricity
figure 11   (smaller, inlined version) "Flameless electric heat is pure fresh, so clean, so right for your family"
figure 12   AEC/electric power industry spend millions promoting the idea that atomic energy is safe and clean
figure 12   (smaller, inlined version) "Go play in the nuclear power park"
figure 13   Nuclear Power Plants in the United States as of December 31, 1978
figure 14   electric power lines/towers, `cobwebs spun back and forth in the sky'
figure 15   To Our Patients; Santa Cruz Physicians ad opposing power plant construction
figure 15   (smaller, inlined version)

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