Engineering Uncertainty and Bureaucratic Crisis at the Atomic Energy Commission, 1964–1973

  title={Engineering Uncertainty and Bureaucratic Crisis at the Atomic Energy Commission, 1964–1973},
  author={Thomas Raymond Wellock},
  journal={Technology and Culture},
  pages={846 - 884}
  • T. Wellock
  • Published 20 November 2012
  • Political Science
  • Technology and Culture
In January 1972, the United States Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) opened rulemaking hearings to establish minimum performance criteria for the emergency core cooling system (ECCS), a critical cooling system in nuclear power plants that prevents reactor fuel damage. The contentious ECCS hearings proved so damaging to the AEC’s credibility that the agency was broken up to create the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, an independent regulator of power plant safety. Scholars have explained the demise… 
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