Monopoly of Utility Companies Over Energy Industry and Nuclear Power

November 05, 1999
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A federal appeals court has allowed nearly 2,000 people to revive lawsuits over health problems they blame on the 1979 accident at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania. A three-judge panel of the U.S. 3rd Circuit court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that a lower court judge made an error three years ago when she threw out the cases stemming from the worst nuclear accident in the nation’s history.

At the Three Mile Island accident on March 29. 1979, between one-third and one-half of the reactor’s uranium-filled core melted. The ensuing cleanup took nearly 12 years and cost almost one billion dollars.

Nuclear power is an issue that is not given much attention these days. Next we bring you a discussion that Amy Goodman had with Harvey Wasserman last week in Minneapolis. Mr. Wasserman, who has been involved in nuclear power issues for 25 years, is the author of The Last Energy War: A People’s History of Energy Deregulation.

Guest:

  • Harvey Wasserman, author of The Last Energy War: A People’s History of Energy Deregulation. He has been working on nuclear power issues for 25 years.