Nuclear Implosions: The Rise and Fall of the Washington Public Power Supply System

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Nuclear Implosions: The Rise and Fall of the Washington Public Power Supply System
Author Daniel Pope
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Publication date
2008
ISBN ISBN 978-0-521-40253-8 (hardcover)
ISBN 978-0-511-38928-3 (e-book)
OCLC 172979863
Dewey Decimal 333.793/209797 22
LC Class HD9685.U7 W3456 2008

Nuclear Implosions: The Rise and Fall of the Washington Public Power Supply System is a 2008 book by Daniel Pope, a history professor at the University of Oregon, which traces the history of the Washington Public Power Supply System, a public agency which undertook to build five large nuclear power plants, one of the most ambitious U.S. construction projects in the 1970s.

By 1983, cost overruns and delays, along with a slowing of electricity demand growth, led to cancellation of two plants and a construction halt on two others. Moreover, the agency defaulted on $2.25 billion of municipal bonds, which is still the largest municipal bond default in U.S. history. The court case that followed took nearly a decade to resolve.[1][2][3]

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