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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.
L. Bosland, G. Weber, W. Klein-Hessling, N. Girault, B. Clement
Nuclear Technology | Volume 177 | Number 1 | January 2012 | Pages 36-62
Technical Paper | Reactor Safety | dx.doi.org/10.13182/NT12-A13326
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The Institut de Radioprotection et de Sûreté Nucléaire (IRSN), France, and the Gesellschaft für Anlagen- und Reaktorsicherheit (GRS), Germany, have been involved in the analyses and modeling of PHEBUS tests and particularly in iodine chemistry behavior in the containment. To analyze the accuracy of the chemistry models developed and reproduce volatile iodine formation, iodine behavior in PHEBUS FPT-1 containment was modeled by both IRSN and GRS with two different codes: ASTEC and COSOSYS. The ways of modeling (using the ASTEC/IODE and COCOSYS/AIM respective modules) and the nodalization of both approaches are presented and compared, as well as the assumptions made to perform the calculations. The results of the comprehensive analyses are compared with the experimental results, and interpretation of the iodine behavior in the PHEBUS FPT-1 containment is given. Then, a common point of view is concluded that highlights the lack of knowledge for some phenomena of significant impact on the iodine behavior in the containment during a severe accident. Organic iodide and iodine oxide formation models in particular are pointed out for the gaseous phase. The need for improving iodine behavior models including their coupling to thermal hydraulics and aerosol physics is also explained.