Three Mile Island, the worst accident in the history of the atomic energy program in the United States, has proven to be a blessing for pro-nuclear propagandists. Using the phrase, “no one died at TMI,” the nuclear power industry has embarked on a nationwide campaign to resell nuclear power to the American public.
America’s Electric Energy Companies directed its campaign right at the media with an advertisement in Columbia Journalism Review (March/April 1981) headlined “Three Mile Island has made nuclear power even safer.”
“NO ONE DIED AT TMI” — A report by the Pennsylvania Health Department was widely publicized under headlines like “No Infant Deaths Caused by TMI.” But a devastating study by Dr. Ernest J. Sternglass which refutes that optimistic finding was unpublicized in the U.S. Using the government’s own data, Dr. Sternglass has been unsuccessfully trying to warn the American public about the dangers of low-level radiation. Harrowsmith, a Canadian magazine, devoted 18 well-documented pages (June 1980) to alert its readers to the true TMI story. It was the #3 censored story of 1980.
THREE MILE ISLAND RADIATION CAUSED BY PIPE CUTTING
The Associated Press reported on November 23, 2009, “Officials are trying to determine how workers cutting a pipe stirred up radioactive dust at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant.
Plant spokesman Ralph DeSantis said that the public was not endangered when a dozen workers were exposed to radiation.
The central Pennsylvania plant has two reactors. One suffered a partial meltdown in 1979 and is mothballed. The other is still in use, but has been shut down since last month so steam generators could be replaced.
Those who cannot remember the past
are condemned to repeat it!