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Flashback Friday — A Presidential Visit

cartertmitourHere, President Carter visits the TMI-2 Control Room in April 1979, joined by Pennsylvania Governor Richard Thornburgh, and the NRC’s Harold Denton. Since this visit, what other sitting president visited a nuclear power plant and at which site?

 Photo courtesy of the Jimmy Carter Library

19 responses to “Flashback Friday — A Presidential Visit

  1. Public Pit Bull March 7, 2015 at 4:34 am

    Glad the NRC is flashing back to America’s near catastrophic nuclear accident. Over the years since TMI, the NRC and the nuclear industry have grown complacent with nuclear technology in my opinion. A cavalier approach to safety is setting us up for another accident I am afraid. But the Chinese may be even more of a threat.
    What if a Chinese Reactor Melts Down?
    It will be a miracle, or a tragedy (depending on your perspective), if a new nuclear power plant is ever brought on line in the US. The nuclear industry in the US has been on the decline for decades. Even with massive, age-old government (that is taxpayer) subsidies, nuclear plants cannot compete economically with gas, coal, or oil-fired power plants. This while China has rapidly built and operated over 30 new nuclear power plants with plans underway for over 30 more. Now China wants to export its nuclear power plant technology to other countries. Trouble is that technology is substandard just like the ill-fated Russian design that gave us Chernobyl. We probably need to fear the melt-down of a Chinese reactor plant more than we do the melt-down of an American reactor. And what will the Chinese call such a melt-down? Probably “The America Syndrome” as opposed to “The China Syndrome”.

  2. richard123456columbia March 6, 2015 at 11:27 pm

    Carter was at TMI to ease tinton from the public that could not trust that they were being told the truth.

  3. HUTCHINS, Steven March 6, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    As an Exelon Employee, I know that in May of 2006, President Bush promoted nuclear power with a visit to the Limerick Generating Station Wednesday as part of his answer to energy and environmental problems as more companies consider taking advantage of government incentives to build the nation’s first new nuclear plant in decades.

    Steven P. Hutchins
    Senior Project Manager
    Nuclear Energy Institute

    • Moderator March 6, 2015 at 3:34 pm

      Great! Thanks for that information. We’d consulted the NRC’s previous historian, but he’d not recalled that visit.


    • Public Pit Bull March 6, 2015 at 4:23 pm

      Dang it Steven! If Obama hears about that visit he will blame Bush for that too! And Steven just how many new nuclear plants in the US have been started up since Bush’s historic nuke plant visit almost 10 years ago?! Boy, like everything else those government incentives, well, they really do the trick. How about a little friendly wager on when the next new nuclear plant comes on line? I’d say about the time a permanent spent fuel repository is constructed in the US or when pigs fly whichever comes first.

      • Public Pit Bull March 6, 2015 at 4:35 pm

        Yes I am talking to myself again! The nuclear power industry has been in decline for a long time in this country, thank goodness. The focus has been on wringing out every blessed MW from existing ancient nuke plants. (Doesn’t sound very safe as I think about it). Despite government incentives, like taxpayer-funded insurance, these plants simply cost too much to build and operate and cannot compete with other sources of power. On a level playing field nuke plants would never have been built in the first place decades ago. No private insurer would take the risk and neither should we.

  4. Moderator March 6, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    Yes, President George W. Bush visited Calvert Cliffs, in Maryland, in 2005. Thanks for the reminder that he also visited Browns Ferry.


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