30 years later: Do nuclear plants operate more safely?

February 13, 2009 12:47 pm         

The most serious accident in US commercial nuclear power history: people vs. government

By Nicole Back - Staff Writer

After three decades, the debate continues. A crowd gathers near TMI after the 1979 accident. Many residents were demanding information.

 

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission stands by its claim that the most serious accident in US commercial nuclear power history did not cause any physical harm to those who were directly affected.

 

Hundreds of people lived near Three Mile Island when equipment malfunctions, design related problems and worker errors led to the partial meltdown of the TMI-2 reactor core. Residents insist the US government is lying about what really happened to them.

New Energy Secretary May Be Overconfident

 By Marlene Lang 

 

We have a new secretary of energy; get out of the way. He wants to do in four weeks what the Bush administration did not do in almost four years; get the money out there for developing renewable and more efficient energy. 

An actual scientist will be running the energy department show, rather than a military or energy industry head. Steven Chu garnered a Nobel Prize in physics in 1997.

NRC Denies TMI-Alert Petition to Move Children From Harm's Way During An Accident

(Harrisburg, Pa) - Three Mile Island Alert, Inc. filed a Petition for 

Rulemaking with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on

April 11, 2007 to extend host school pick-up centers at least five miles 

and preferably 10 miles beyond the plume exposure boundary zone of
Three Mile Island.  Host-schools are the destination points that children

are transportedto for “safe keeping” until their parents, guardians or

primary caregivers arrive.

Several studies found elevated cancer rates near Three Mile Island

 

Published in the Asbury Park Press, Feb. 4, 2005

 

By Eric Epstein 

 

   The Jan. 12 letter "Anti-nuclear argument flawed" from Dr. Letty Goodman 

Lutzker provided your readership with a textbook example of "junk science." 

A Chronology of Health Problems Related to Three Mile Island

 

The record indicates that in reporting to state and federal officials on 

March 28, 1979, TMI managers did not communicate information in their 

possession that they understood to be related to the severity of the 

situation. The lack of such information prevented state and federal 

officials from accurately assessing the condition of the plant. 

Nuclear power at crossroads; waste skeletons in need of closet

This analysis was published in the Press And Journal of Middletown, Pa., in September 2008.

 

By Marlene Lang  

 

We who live and work and go to school in Middletown are living and working and going to school at a crucial moment in the history of nuclear power. And so is the rest of the nation, of course. 

Security Rules Must Be More Stringent

By Scott Portzline

 

The good news is that Three Mile Island has improved its protection 

from commando assaults and truck bomb attacks. The bad news is that there 

still exist weaknesses. 

Nuclear Relapse

 

By Eric Epstein

 

   PPL has announced it can cure global warming and make America energy independent. The problem is that the numbers don’t add up, and our cars don’t run on uranium pellets.   

Three Mile Island Had Lasting Consequences

This was written to the editor of Fortune Magazine in August 7, 2007.

Dear Editor:

I was deeply disappointed in David Whitford’s causal dismissal of the impact the Three Mile Island (“TMI”) accident had on our community, i.e. Rethinking Three Mile Island. Without supplying any hard data, Mr. Whitford regurgitates the mantra of the nuclear renaissance: 

“But guess what? No one died at Three Mile Island. No one even got hurt."

A Corporate History of Three Mile Island

 

Three Mile Island-1  (TMI-1) came on line in September 1974 at a cost of  $400 million. Legal intervention was conducted by the Environmental Coalition on Nuclear Power (ECNP) based in State College.

 

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