“Meltdown At Three Mile Island” Six Part Video Documentary of the Worst Nuclear Accident in U.S. History

President Jimmy Carter leaving Three Mile Isla...

President Jimmy Carter's Motorcade leaves Three Mile Island in 1979 after a tour of the site

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In a stroke of irony, today, as we learn of the partial meltdown of the nuclear reactors at Fukushima, is the 32nd anniversary of the nuclear accident at Three Mile Island. It took place on March 28th 1979.

In the opening moments of that event, news reports insisted there was no threat to people living in the vicinity. These re-assuring public statements soon faded as the full extent of the emerging crisis became known. Nearby neighborhoods and towns were then evacuated. But three precious hours of wrong news reports from bewildered public officials representing Three Mile Island cost credibility and evacuation time, exposing many to low levels of radiation.

Have we learned from the experience 32 years ago at Three Mile Island? Examine the links below and judge for yourself. I saw immediately the very same pattern of minimizing, denial, misrepresentation of data and refusal to act in accordance with the real dangers occurring at Fukushima as in the opening moments of Three Mile Island. Nuclear power is just too unpredictable and unsafe, given the earth changes scenarios that are now unfolding around the world. These plants should all be deactivated and decommissioned NOW, not later, when the next catastrophe takes place.

Nuclear power is NOT more important than human lives. That’s the bottom line.

Chase Kyla Hunter

Nuclear Energy: The Dire Legacy of Three Mile Island

Today Is the 32nd Anniversary of the Nuclear Accident at Three Mile Island

Tags: three mile island, three mile island nuclear accident, nuclear disaster meltdown

One comment

  1. Clyde H Stagner

    Scottsdale has a 9.47% probability of a magnitude 5.0 earthquake,or greater, in the nex fifty years. Phoenix’s prevailing winds come from the West during eleven months of the year”from the East in June. Palo Verde’s three nuclear reactors receive,daily, ninety million gallons of effluent cooling,by pipeline, from Phoenix and its surrounding metropolitan suburbs. Summer temperatures in Phoenix have exceeded 120F.
    In the event of an earthquake,or an accidental/puposeful aircraft crash, or an internal plant failure,et al,a radioactive plume could engulf the Phoenix metropolitan area. The population of Phoenix would either evacuate or hunker down in shelters. An evacuation would cause the supply of reactor cooling water to cease with additional heating of the reactors.This conclusion is substantiated by utility testimony:”2006 General Rate Case(U338-U)******Item J Phoenix Water Supply Line” before the Public Utilities Commission of the State Of California. Hunkering down for hours,or several days in Phoenix shelters,without electricity for cooling or air conditioning,in outside temperatures of 120 F, is a decision assuring a large magnitude of fatalities.
    Detailed planning is essential for the evacuation and sheltering of citizens in proximity to nuclear reactor generating locations,prior to construction,during operation,and as the population increases its proximity density. Homeland Security teaches state and local municipalities to accomplish these responsibilities for which they are accountable. Detailed evacuation/shelter plans are yet to be seen in the hands of our people.
    Clyde H. Stagner

    Security,1st nuclear reactor,Argonne National Labratory,1948
    Instructor(MOS 87330),Nuclear Radiation,USArmy Chemical Corps School,1960-1
    Chairman,Nuclear and Radiological Defense Committee,USA Cheical Corps School.1961-2
    Department of Defense Radiological Safety Officer,Nevada Test Site,1962
    Radiation Specialist,Pinellas County HealthDept(color Tv,microwave ovens,dental,etc,1966-8
    Supervisor,Regulatory and Licensing Affairs,Florida Power Corp(CrystalRiverReactor),1970-2
    Author,nonfiction”Goodbye Phoenix Hello Tucson”ISBN 142516083-2,2007.

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