A Letter From The Publisher: Feb. 13, 1984

Senior Correspondent Peter Stoler, who wrote this week's cover story on the troubles of the nuclear industry, has a rare firsthand knowledge of the subject, including some hands-on experience running a reactor. During simulated exercises in 1980 at a training center for technicians in Morris, Ill., Stoler recalls, "I undertook a routine drill to bring the reactor back on line. It was supposed to be gradual, but I brought it along too fast and overheated it. If it had been a real reactor, I'd have melted it down."

The watershed event for both Stoler and...

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