Three Mile Island Thirty Year Later: Accident Without An End; Industry Without Answers

 

(Harrisburg, Pa) - The core meltdown at Three Mile Island Unit-2 (TMI) beginning on March 28, 1979 ignited a fierce debate about the role of commercial nuclear power. 

 

Eric Epstein, Chairman of TMI-Alert said, “In the three decades following the melt down, Americans have been exposed to a mercurial flow of misleading information relating to nuclear power. Nuclear energy is not a safe, secure or economical source of energy.”

 

Andrew Stein, TMIA’s economist, stated: “Three core problems and unresolved questions associated with nuclear power production continue to bedevil the industry: 

“Where is the waste going to go?” 

“Where is the water going to come from?”

“Why is 'Wall Street' sitting on the sidelines?”

Stein added, “In the last decade, costs associated with security, fuel, labor and nuclear waste disposal have priced nuclear power out of the marketplace.”

The Next Nuclear Bailout: Cleaning Up Pennsylvania’s Nuclear Power Plants

By Eric Epstein 

  Three Mile Island Alert, Inc. (TMIA) has been actively involved with issues pertaining to nuclear decommissioning since the March 1979 accident at Three Mile Island (TMI) Unit-2.  Specifically, We've asked: Who should pay the cost of nuclear decommissioning and radioactive waste management? 

25 years after the accident, here's what was said

Just because a quarter-century has passed since the accident at Three Mile Island doesn't mean we should shut up about it.

SARA KELLY, Philadelphia Weekly, March 3, 2004

"It was the first step in a nuclear nightmare..."

 

The CBS Evening News began with these words
from Walter Cronkite on March 28, 1979

 

Chart of Radioactive Plume

Chart of Radioactive Plume

This radioactive plume measured via aerial surveillance on March 31, 1979 shows just how narrow the path of radiation travel can be. Releases passing between the stationary ground-based monitors went undetected in 1979. The narrow plume path also explains why health effects can be found in one neighborhood and not another.

 

As charted by the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory

Three Mile Island Witness Testimonials

The following three testimonials are from “Three Mile Island: The People’s Testament,” (1989), a series of interviews with approximately 250 Three Mile Island (TMI) area residents from 1979 to 1988 done by Katagiri Mitsuru, Professor of Social Psychology at Kyoto Seika University and Aileen M. Smith, free-lance journalist and co-author of the book Minamata.

 


Marie Holowka, Farmer, Zion’s View, PA

The Nuclear Accident at Three Mile Island: Day 4


Saturday March 31, 1979

DAY 4

 

The Nuclear Accident at Three Mile Island: Day 3

Friday March 30, 1979

DAY 3

 

The Nuclear Accident at Three Mile Island: Day 2

Thursday March 29, 1979

DAY 2

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