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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 





March 4, 2009

By Eric Epstein



The CEO of Westinghouse recently argued in the Post-Gazette 

that nuclear power can help cure global warming and make America

 energy independent ("Nuclear Empowered," Forum, Feb. 22).

The problem is, the numbers don't add up and our cars don't run 

on uranium pellets. Don't be fooled again by the same people 

who brought you electricity "too cheap to meter."


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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 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.


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. 


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. 



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.   


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."


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? 


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?