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Metz on Harold Denton: Memories of a life in nuclear safety
A number of years ago, historian and writer Chuck Metz Jr. was at the Bush’s Visitor Center in Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains when he ran into former Nuclear Regulatory Commission official Harold Denton and his wife. Metz was at the visitor center, which opened in 2010 and is now a tourist hotspot, because, as he explained to the Dentons at the time, he had overseen the development of its on-site museum and had written a companion coffee-table history book.
The chance meeting turned into a friendship and a fruitful collaboration. Denton, who in 1979 was the public spokesperson for the NRC as the Three Mile Island-2 accident unfolded, had been working on his memoir, but he was stuck. He asked Metz for help with the organization and compilation of his notes. “I was about to retire,” Metz said, “but I thought that exploring the nuclear world might be an interesting change of pace.”
Denton passed away in 2017, but by then Metz had spent many hours with his fast friend and was able to complete the memoir, Three Mile Island and Beyond: Memories of a Life in Nuclear Safety, which was published recently by ANS. Metz shared some of his thoughts about Denton and the book with Nuclear News. The interview was conducted by NN’s David Strutz.
The Nuclear PE Exam Preparation Module Program is a video-based preparation tool aimed at those preparing to take the Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) exam in Nuclear Engineering. The modules are instructional with an abundance of fully worked example problems to emphasize practical learning. A list of Learning Objectives is given at the end of the video, which maps to the NCEES nuclear exam specification.
The module program is organized according to the five specification areas (listed in the downloadable exam specification) that make up the Nuclear PE exam, plus a general area that provides background information that may be applicable to multiple areas:
Notice: This program is under construction. The content listing is tentative but gives an approximation of the material covered by the program. Users may purchase segments of the program one specification area at a time, or users may purchase the full program at a discount.
Every effort has been made to make these videos as time-insensitive as possible. However, certain references (most notably the PE Nuclear Reference Handbook) are living documents that undergo frequent updates. All figure numbers, table numbers, page numbers, etc., are accurate as of the time of production, but please be aware that such references may change over time. If you spot an error, please notify us.
A list of contributors can be found on the project credits page. More resources for prospective exam takers can be found on the Nuclear PE Exam Preparation page.
Prior to purchase, you can view a list of Learning Objectives to see what material is covered in each module.
Upon purchase, the modules are accessed by clicking the titles below to expand the contents menu. Each specification area contains videos on multiple topics. Simply click each title to access the videos within each topic.