We did not almost lose Detroit (A Critique of We Almost Lost Detroit by John Fullere). Earl M. Page, Walter J. McCarthy Edlon L. Alexanderson Wayne H. Jens, Jr.

We did not almost lose Detroit (A Critique of We Almost Lost Detroit by John Fullere)

Detroit: Detroit Edison May 1976. Second Edition. 48 pages. 8 1/2 x 11 inches. Printed white paper covers (paper spine). Dampstaining throughout at upper spine corner not affecting readability. Rear cover with ink scribbles (circuit diagrams by the looks of it). Good. Wraps. [27521]


"The 69 MWe prototype fast breeder reactor Fermi 1 unit was under construction and development at the site from 1956 to 1963. Initial criticality was achieved on August 23, 1963. On October 5, 1966 Fermi 1 suffered a partial fuel meltdown. Two of the 92 fuel assemblies were partially damaged. According to the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission, there was no abnormal radioactivity released to the environment." (wiki)

"We Almost Lost Detroit, a 1975 book by [Detroit newsman] John G. Fuller, presents a history of Fermi 1, America's first commercial breeder reactor, with emphasis on the 1966 partial nuclear meltdown." (wiki) The present work is a rebuttal of what Page views as the three most damaging parts of Fullers book: 1) that we almost lost Detroit as a result of the Fermi I fuel melting incident of October 5, 1966; 2) that any mistake in nuclear power plant design, construction, or operation will most likely lead to disaster, and ; 3) that the government in essence covered up a reactor safety study after the risks appeared to be higher than they liked.

Part of the authors' critique is Fuller's use of technical details that, out of context, lend credibility to his argument but which in context are not accurate. Clearly it was in the best interests of Detroit Edison to mount a defense of what was no doubt a very scary thing for the American people.

Surprisingly scarce, with just five copies in OCLC as of this writing.

Price: $40.00