Nuclear Power 'Materials'

As a kid growing up in the midst cold war of the 1970s and 1980s, many conversations between my friends and me dealt with nuclear war. Obviously, these were limited to the fantasies we conjured up and small bits and pieces we could glean from our parents and relatives. Over time, I had developed an interest in atomic energy and was even considering a future in it as a nuclear engineer.

In 1985, I decided to focus my 7th-grade science fair project on nuclear energy. I found an article about a written program for an Apple //c that could simulate a nuclear power plant operation. With the help of the local library, I got a copy of the magazine article, which contained the code I typed into my Apple //c for about 3 weeks. Mind you, this was a mimeograph copy, and the clarity was horrific. I persevered and got it running.

In addition to the program, I sent letters to three nuclear power stations requesting more information, one of which was Three Mile Island. They all obliged.

As for the science fair, I scored well, but I was disqualified from going to the state level competition because I was not the code's originator.

With the events at Chernobyl in 1986 and Three Mile Island in 1979 still fresh in the minds of many in the U.S., public support for nuclear power all but vanished. I realized that if I went the route of nuclear engineering, I would have a limited future.

The collection presented here is primarily from the data collected for the science fair. I regret not keeping the cover letters, but I retained the documents. In 2011, armed with a Fujitsu scanner and a desire to rid me of a lot of paper, I scanned the materials and sent the rest to the recycling bin.

There are several other materials obtained over the years:

The educational paper from 1987 was handed out during my high school general science class when the teacher presented some materials on nuclear power plants.

In 1999, I organized a trip to SONGS (San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station) for troop 667. The materials posted are from that tour. Once a month, the station would allow a scout troop to visit and earn the atomic energy merit badge. (Yes, I am an eagle scout; yes, I did get the atomic energy badge; no, I do not know David Hahn, the 'Atomic Boy Scout').

SONGS was a fantastic tour. It never ceases to amaze me the amount of thinking and planning that went into it. After 9-11, tours ended. According to Wikipedia, SONGS was decommissioned in 2013 after attempts to replace the steam generators were not successful. I have not spent any time determining the specifics of the history that lead up to the decommissioning.

The Hanford WA map was a gift from my dear mother, who toured the facility in 2019. The tour map was a wrapper for the Bendix CD V-742 dosimeter pen she gave me. I honestly could not tell you if the pen is from the old stock or a knockoff.

Nine Dot Connects has allowed me to post this material because of its history and the science that can be learned from it. Nine Dot Connects is neither condoning nor condemning nuclear power. None of the material has been redacted except for any blank pages to reduce the file size. We hope you find this fascinating.

Also, note - Nothing presented is classified or in any way going to assist nuclear hungry countries in advancing in their nuclear ambitions. All materials were created for public consumption and awareness.


How a Plant Works
198x - Atomic Industrial Forum - How Plants Work
198x - Nuclear Energy Institute - How do Plants Work
198x - Pressurized Water Reactor Description
1982 DOE - Nuclear Power From Fission Reactors
1983 - The Science Teacher - Apple Program for Simulating a Nuclear Plant
1987 - Westinghouse Corp - Nuclear Reactors

198x - Committee Energy Awareness - N Power and Americas Energy Challenge
1984 - DOE - Nuclear Energy Economics
1984 - Atomic Industrial Forum - Nuclear Insurance QandA

198x - ECNE - Nuclear Power VS Nuclear Weapons Pamphlet
198x - Nuclear Energy Institute - Whats it Done for Me
1979 - Westinghouse Corp - Electricity From Nuclear Energy
1980 - American Nuclear Society - Nuclear Energy Facts QandA
1981 - Readers Digest Reprint - N Power in Perspective
1984 - Atomic Industrial Forum - Nuclear Insurance QandA

198x - Glossary of Terms

198x - IAA - Management of Radioactive Waste
198x - Nuclear Energy Institute - High-Level Waste
198x - Nuclear Energy Institute - Low-Level Waste
198x - Westinghouse Corp - Let's look at High-Level Nuclear Waste
1976 - Atomic Industrial Forum - Shipping Nuclear Fuel
1977 - Atomic Industrial Forum - Recycling Nuclear Fuel
1982 - IAA - Decommissioning N Plants

198x - IAA - Radiation - A Fact of Life
198x - Nuclear Energy Institute - Radiation QandA
198x - TMI - Yearly Natural Dose VS TMI Accident
1981 - Atomic Industrial Forum - Radiation Measure for Measure
1985 - Pennsylvania Dept of Health - Cancer Mortality Around TMI
1985 - Pennsylvania Dept of Health - TMI Cancer Study

198x - Nuclear Energy Institute - Keeping Plants Safe
198x - Westinghouse Corp - Let's look at Nuclear Plant Safety
1979 - GPU - The TMI-2 Accident
1983 - TMI - Facts and Figures
1985 - Atomic Industrial Forum - Safety In Motion
1985 - TMI - Summaries

Plants - Specific
199x - SONGS - Postcards of the Facility
1982 - ECNE - Yankee Ingenuity
1985 - Atomic Industrial Forum - Electricity from Nuclear Power
1996 - SONGS - Fact Sheet
2019 - Hanford WA Facility

Atomic Energy
1983 - ABCs of Electrical Power from the Atom

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