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Master of Arts in Marine Affairs


The accident at the Three Mile Island (TMI), Pennsylvania nuclear powered electrical generating plant on March 28, 1979 has promoted a great deal of concern and interest in the future of nuclear power in the United States. Such concern is manifested by the unofficial moratorium imposed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on the granting of new permits for the construction and operation of nuclear plants until the problems presented by the accident at TMI have been addressed. The NRC felt that the accident, at the very least, warranted consideration of a formal moratorium on plant licensing. Although a formal moratorium was never imposed, the NRC did not issue any new licenses until February, 1980, when the Tennessee Valley Authority's Sequoyah Unit No. 1 was granted an interim operating permit.