- Investigation, Environment, Social Issues, and Science
"All the elements of an apocalyptic thriller...one of the most important public services on television this year, and it is terrifying." —Boston Globe
The Browns Ferry fire led to a near meltdown in what was then the world's largest nuclear power plant. After the fire was extinguished in this huge technically sophisticated facility, potentially dangerous air leaks were checked with a chicken feather.Japan's nuclear power crises,
Chernobyl and Three Mile Island shocked the world about nuclear power's dangers. If you had seen "Incident at Browns Ferry" you would not have been surprised. The Browns Ferry documentary won a duPont Columbia Broadcast Journalism award (TV"s Pulitzer Prize) despite the nuclear power industry's effort to stop its national telecast in the PBS Nova series.
- Show treatment
"Particularly provocative, lucid, eye-opening..." —Christian Science Monitor
"If nuclear power is to have a future...Americans have to have confidence that regulators and the industry are learning the lessons of Fukushima and taking all steps necessary to ensure safety...our nation's oversight of nuclear power plants is a less than rigorous 'patchwork'...The industry should have learned...that public confidence is fragile..."
—New York Times July 24, 2011; complete editorial at nytimes.com/2011/07/24/opinion/sunday/24sun1.html
- Running time
- 57 minutes
- Robert Richter ... Producer, Director, Writer
- Prod. Co.
- Years of Production
- Browns Ferry, Alabama
- Release year
- duPont Columbia Broadcast Journalism award (TV"s Pulitzer Prize)
- Broadcast (Prod.)
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