Originally Posted by FirstClass
The truth is that there has never been a remotely severe nuclear accident in the 50+ years nuclear power has been used here.
Originally Posted by Google "Idaho Falls Nuclear Reactor Accident"
On January 3, 1961, the first fatal nuclear reactor accident in the United States occurred at the NRTS. An experimental reactor called SL-1 (Stationary Low-Power Plant Number 1) was destroyed when a control rod was removed incorrectly leading to core meltdown and explosion. All three men working in the reactor were killed. Due to the extensive radioactive isotope contamination, all three had to be buried in lead coffins. The events are the subject of a book published in 2003, "Idaho Falls: The untold story of America's first nuclear accident."
Idaho Falls is generally used as the "textbook case" of how not
to operate a nuclear reactor.
Like Douglas Adams said: "A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools."
I like nuclear power as much as the next guy and would have no problem living next door to a reactor. But absent a program to remove all fools from the US population, it's only 99.9999% safe.