Science: Weighing the Evidence

The U.S. public was treated to another confusing round of the Great Nuclear Debate last week. Robert Pollard, a safety engineer with the Federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission, resigned from his post, protesting that poorly designed safeguards at the Indian Point nuclear power plants in Buchanan, N.Y., made them "an accident waiting to happen." He was immediately challenged by Charles Luce, chairman of Consolidated Edison, which built the plants. Backed by company and some Government scientists, Luce pointed out that the plant had been operating for twelve years without harming the public. A catastrophic accident at Indian Point, he said, was...

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