The following is the full content of a report that an "event" at
the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant's Unit 1 reactor had been retracted.
In this case, the "event" refers to three safety relief valves not opening as
they were set to do. "Retraction" does not mean the situation described did not
occur, it means that it will no longer be categorized as an "event."
!!!!! THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED !!!!!
Power Reactor Event Number: 45464
Facility: THREE MILE ISLAND
Thomas M. Gerusky, age 74 of Allendale in Lower Allen Twp., died
Sunday in Select Specialty Hospital, East Pennsboro Twp.
Mr. Gerusky was born on June 18, 1935 in Fort Edward, near Lake
George, New York, a son of the late Michael and Marie Varney Gerusky.
December 7, 2009
By MATTHEW L. WALD
WASHINGTON — After the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Congress passed a law instructing the federal government to help states build bigger stocks of a simple, cheap drug to protect people near nuclear power plants in the event of an accident or terrorist attack.
But the 2002 law left a legal loophole allowing the White House to forgo distribution if officials found that there was a better way to prevent cancer than administering the thyroid drug, potassium iodide. And after years of delays, the Bush administration dropped the plan in 2007, saying evacuations would be a better alternative.
• PPL should implement a program for senior citizens on
fixed incomes who will be forced into a “hardship class.”
December 1, 2009
By Marlene Lang
I received mail asking about the "leak" at Three Mile Island on Nov. 21. There was no "leak." Chicago-headquartered Exelon Corp. is replacing the steam generator at its Three Mile Island Unit 2 nuclear reactor, as is being done at other old plants around the country. These alloy generators were made to last the life of the plant, 30 to 40 years, and no plan was made back then for how to replace them. Today, these dinosaur plants are applying for license extensions and must replace their ailing parts.
As another company pledges to compete in PPL's market, activists ask the Legislature to delay the expiration of electricity rate caps.
Wednesday, December 02, 2009
BY DANIEL VICTOR email@example.com
The middle of an ugly economic climate when people are already struggling to pay their bills is the wrong time to jolt PPL customers with a 30 percent bill increase, a group of activists argued at the Capitol on Tuesday.
"The increases will be significant, the suffering will be significant," said Eric Epstein of Rock the Capital. "People will be making choices they shouldn't have to make between food, warmth and medicine."
Epstein and others argued that legislators should quickly act to extend rate caps that have kept prices at 1996 levels.
Nuclear power plants are being pushed as part of climate-change legislation. But the focus should be on renewable power sources, which are getting cheaper and don't produce radioactive waste.
November 28, 2009
As the Senate debates climate legislation that could reinvent the country's energy infrastructure, it is richly ironic that lawmakers who consider themselves rock-ribbed fiscal conservatives are among the strongest backers of nuclear plants -- a vastly expensive, inefficient and dangerous source of energy that requires massive taxpayer bailouts.
Two former spokesmen for the nuclear plant say they're surprised Exelon waited more than 5 hours to announce a radiation leak.
By Jan Murphy
The Three Mile Island nuclear station's former operators learned from the 1979 partial reactor meltdown that there's no such thing as overcommunication about TMI.
Two former spokesmen for GPU Nuclear Corp., which operated the facility after the 1979 accident, said that based on lessons learned from that incident, they subsequently alerted local officials about every minor event at the plant, such as when an ambulance was called or a steam release was loud.
They issued so many notifications that officials receiving them complained.
"The operation of a nuclear power plant is based on trust, and communication is an exercise in trust," said Douglas Bedell of Cornwall, who was a communication manager for GPU Nuclear.
Statement of Three Mile Island Alert, Inc. on the
Relicensing the Susquehanna Steam Electric Station
November 28, 2009
The NRC’s review and approval of the Susquehanna
application has taken much longer than the usual 22 to 30
months for a renewal request due to the NRC’s request for
additional information. Susquehanna's license renewal took
39 months, and included a $500,000 fine issued by the
Susquehanna River Basin Commission for improperly
Consider TMI-Alert's satirical account of information flow regarding incidents at Three Mile Island: