The Tennessee Valley Authority shuts down a reactor, and John Gofman dies.
Thu, Aug 15 2013 at 6:00 AM
Aug. 15, 1934: William Beebe and Otis Barton
dive more than a half-mile in their bathysphere as the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, founded four years earlier, becomes a pioneer in deep-diving.
Aug. 15, 2007:
The Tennessee Valley Authority orders an unprecedented shutdown
of its reactor at Browns Ferry, Alabama. In the midst of a brutal heat wave, the Tennessee River’s temperature topped 90 degrees – too high to effectively be used as coolant water for the reactor.
Aug. 15, 2007: John Gofman
, a physicist who sounded some of the earliest warnings about the danger of radiation, dies in San Francisco.
Photo: Tennessee Valley Authority
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