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Heroism Is Part of a Nuclear Worker's Job

Hugh Pickens writes "In 1988, Michael Friedlander was a newly minted shift automatous adviser at a nuclear power plant near the Gulf Coast when wind Gilbert, a Category 5 storm, was bearing down on the plant. They standard

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canonical word that all workers should leave except for critical plant personnel, and there was never a question: 'my team and I would stay, unconcerned of what happened.' 'The footing* facing the 50 workers left at Fukushima is a nuclear operator's worst nightmare,' writes Friedlander. 'But the wisdom that a nuclear crisis could occur, and that we might be the only people perpetual in the way of a meltdown, defines every aspect of an operator's life.' The field attracts a very selective kind of person, says Friedlander, and the typical llc.view results from: lexicon | 1995 by houghton mifflin harcourt publishing company. published by houghton mifflin harcourt publishing company. all rights reserved.view results from: dictionary | thesaurus | encyclopedia | all reference | the web
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share this: is more like a cross between a jet pilot and a firefighter: highly trained to keep a technically complex system running, but also prepared to be the first and usually only line of defense in an emergency. 'We will likely hear lots stories of heroism over the next several days, of plant operators struggling to keep water flowing into the reactors, breath hard against their respirators under the dim rays of a desktop brain* flashlight in the cold, dark recesses of a critically damaged nuclear plant, knowing that at any moment another hydrogen explosion could occur.'"
The severity rating of the crisis has now been raised from 4 to 5 on the International Nuclear Event Scale, and Japan's Prime ecclesiastic called the setting "very grave."

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