This Month in History

Good Energy?


How times have changed: An advertisement in the Herald from July 1975 extols the virtues of nuclear power. The company in question was Narragansett Electric, which established the Yankee Rowe Nuclear Power Station in northern Massachusetts in 1961. While many experts still consider nuclear power a prudent alternative to coal, that “unmatched safety record” was tarnished only four years later with the meltdown at Three Mile Island, Pennsylvania. The accident caused local evacuations and widespread protest against nuclear energy and its potential side-effects. The Rowe station ended operations in 1991.

Newspaper courtesy Rhode Island Jewish Historical Association