Some people here may remember the movie, The China Syndrome. ...allegedly leading to a complete meltdown of the core. Note that in spite of the movie's title, the notion of the core going all the way to China is rebuffed even in the movie. I never saw the movie until recently, so I never realized that it opened twelve days before the incident at Three Mile Island! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_China_Syndrome Talk about bad luck for the nuclear industry... and great luck for Hollywood! Then, four years later came the movie, Silkwood. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/reaction/interact/silkwood.html http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0086312/ Not only that, in 1979 we also saw Love Canal. http://www.epa.gov/history/topics/lovecanal/01.htm This certainly raised suspicion in the public mind in regards to the storage of toxic waste; including the storage of nuclear waste. The point? I just thought it was interesting to note the timeline of these events and the role that they certainly played in helping to shape the public perception of nuclear power.