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What's Wrong With the NRC Fact Sheet on the 1979 Accident?

 

Re-published by Three Mile Island Alert - February 2009 

Originally published March 2004 

 

Because the Nuclear Regulatory Commission continues to publicize false 

information about the TMI accident, we correct the record once again. The 

NRC’s erroneous statements are listed in the red text which follows. 

“The main feedwater pumps stopped running, caused by either a mechanical 

or electrical failure, which prevented the steam generators from removing 

heat.” 

 

 

Taxpayers should not have to back nuclear power

Monday, July 07, 2008
PPL has declared that part of its strategy to cure global warming is to add another
nuclear generating station. While PPL's nuclear stations have less of a carbon
"footprint" than their coal-generating siblings, the company has failed to acknowledge
the financial, radioactive and aquatic "footprints" associated with adding on to the
Susquehanna Steam Electric Station.

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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.

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."

It’s Time To Pull the Plug on Deregulation


By Eric Epstein 

 

With rates set to spike, a dramatic rise in the number of delinquent

customers, and the number of consumers losing power at record levels, 

can we afford to do nothing as PPL sets to jack up electric rates by 40 percent? 

Nuclear Power - The 'Other White Meat'

By Eric Epstein 

 

"My party, the Republican party, is too deep in bed with the coal, oil and electric utility industries to remember its free market principles." 

-Jim Rubens, former state senator from Hanover, New Hampshire

 

      Federal legislation passed by Congress spells the demise of the free enterprise system as a means to address our energy problems. Remember when Republicans were welded to the notion that entrepreneurs should decide what constitutes the most prudent investment? Wasn’t it yesterday that conservatives proclaimed that the market is best suited to determine what technology should move America forward? 

Nuclear Footprint Ignored

By Eric Epstein

 

   PPL has announced its strategy to cure global warming: add another nuclear generating station.

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