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Three Mile Island: Legacy of a nuclear accident

Washington Post Photo Essay l 28 March, 2011

Three Mile Island: Legacy of a nuclear accident

Japan’s nuclear crisis brings back haunting memories for residents of Middletown, Pa., which became the site of the worst U.S. commercial nuclear accident when a partial meltdown began at the Three Mile Island power plant March 28, 1979. But even as the 32nd anniversary of the accident looms, the crisis has never ended for some residents.

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People Died at Three Mile Island

In the wake of recent claims that "nuclear energy never killed anyone" we are reposting Harvey Wasserman's excellent piece released last year, just before the 30th anniversary of Three Mile Island. by harveywasserman Tue Mar 24, 2009 at 07:48:26 A...

Investigation: Revelations about Three Mile Island disaster raise doubts over nuclear plant safety

A special Facing South investigation by Sue Sturgis

It was April Fool's Day, 1979 -- 30 years ago this week -- when Randall Thompson first set foot inside the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant near Middletown, Pa. Just four days earlier, in the early morning hours of March 28, a relatively minor problem in the plant's Unit 2 reactor sparked a series of mishaps that led to the meltdown of almost half the uranium fuel and uncontrolled releases of radiation into the air and surrounding Susquehanna River.

It was the single worst disaster ever to befall the U.S. nuclear power industry, and Thompson was hired as a health physics technician to go inside the plant and find out how dangerous the situation was. He spent 28 days monitoring radiation releases. 

Today, his story about what he witnessed at Three Mile Island is being brought to the public in detail for the first time -- and his version of what happened during that time, supported by a growing body of other scientific evidence, contradicts the official U.S. government story that the Three Mile Island accident posed no threat to the public. 

"What happened at TMI was a whole lot worse than what has been reported," Randall Thompson told Facing South. "Hundreds of times worse."


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