Fukushima-type disaster inevitable in U.S.?, CBS News, July 19, 2011:
Watts Bar, in Spring City, Tenn., is the last nuclear plant to be licensed in the U.S., and a textbook study of the pros and cons of nuclear power. It provides electricity to some 9 million people in seven states, yet is dogged with a long history of safety issues and whistle-blower lawsuits — including six by a 71-year-old great-grandmother named Ann Harris. [...]
What was the turning point in her work? “Basically,” she replied, “the books are being cooked. People are saying things, they swear under oath it’s been done, and it hadn’t been done.”
When Harris refused to sign a multimillion-dollar construction contract riddled with errors, she said, Tennessee Valley Authority executives told her that her career was over. Instead, it sparked a 28-year crusade devoted to preventing a nuclear accident.
Harris said, “You can see a Fukushima happening here in the U.S.” So it’s not a matter of ‘if,’ it’s a matter of – “When,” [...]
There have certainly been attempts at intimidation, recrimination and really, threats on your life?
Harris responded, “Yes. They ran me off the road. They wired my car for firebombing. They dropped the universal joint out of my car.”
Harris left the TVA in 1997 [...]
Published: July 19th, 2011 at 2:29 pm ET