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Voices from the Three Mile Island Nuclear Accident 1979

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Uploaded on Nov 12, 2008

This clip is a collection of voices from press conferences, radio shows and interviews after the accident at the Three Mile Island Unit 2 nuclear power plant near Middletown, Pennsylvania, on March 28, 1979. This was the most serious accident occurring in a U.S. operating commercial nuclear power plant. The accident was caused by a combination of personnel error, design deficiencies, and component failures. To read more of the official view of this accident, go to the Nuclear Regulatory Commissions Fact Sheet on the Three Mile Island Accident at: http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-col... . For a different viewpoint, visit the Three Mile Island Alert website (http://www.tmia.com/ ). Three Mile Island Alert is a non-profit citizens' organization dedicated to the promotion of safe-energy alternatives to nuclear power and is especially critical of the Three Mile Island nuclear plant. Formed in 1977 (two years before the accident) TMIA is the largest and oldest nuclear watchdog group in central Pennsylvania. I was in college in Akron, Ohio in 1979 and helping conduct an urban noise survey the day of this accident. We did not hear about it until that evening. But during the afternoon, we notice an unusual number of folks peeking out at us from their windows as we took sound level meter readings. They must have thought we were monitoring for radiation! This clip is cut from a 30 minutes documentary film by Andrew Phillip, Ian Wood and Matthew Seig available on the Internet Archives as part of Alternative Views #146: THREE MILE ISLAND AFTERMATH (1982)

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