Friday Marks 35th Anniversary of Three Mile Island

It is considered the worst nuclear disaster in U.S. commercial nuclear power plant history.

Friday marks the 35th anniversary of the Three Mile Island nuclear disaster.

Three Mile Island is considered the worst nuclear disaster in U.S. commercial nuclear power plant history, and occurred when two of the three reactors at the Dauphin County plant went into partial nuclear meltdown.

Cleanup efforts stemming from the March 28, 1979, disaster began in August of 1979 and didn't finish until December 1993. Costs associated with the cleanup efforts reached $1 billion.

Watch Walter Cronkite's original reporting of the Three Mile Island disaster above, and tell us, what do you remember about that day?

Mike Lowe April 02, 2014 at 02:42 AM
In March of 1979 I was working for a company in Pittsburgh called "Power Piping". The company got their last contract to build a Nuclear facility the previous year. Although that was not their only business, it consisted of the bulk of what they did. I moved to Florida in July of 1979. I moved back to Pittsburgh in 1991. People that had been managers at that company ended up driving school buses, employed as a security guard or working in a grocery store. The United States no longer has the industry in place to build new nuclear plants and the newest of them was completed in the 1980s. That is what I thought of when I read of the Anniversary.
John G. Lewis April 02, 2014 at 11:51 AM
@Mike Lowe Precisely, Mike. We forget about all the good these plants have done, and in fact still do. And could do if we let them. All the good jobs provided to Americans, the energy supplied, the research done, etc. Giving up on developing and building Nuclear Power Plants could turn out to be one of the bigger mistakes of late 20th century America.
shawnautumn April 07, 2014 at 09:22 AM
Tesla anyone? How about Solar Panels, Wind Power? All free energy, all safe but don't tell the power companies who make money off your own ignorance that! Read up on these solutions, which many other countries like Norway are using to great effect. No one needs to sit in cold or dark...wake up, stop listening to the lies and educate yourselves. No more money for gas and electric, imagine that!??
John G. Lewis April 07, 2014 at 12:41 PM
@shawnautumn Solar Panels are a very limited, relatively high cost, way of accruing power, at least at this point. (The best I understand matters, now, at least.) Wind power, and hydrological power (already being used greatly, perhaps) is more so a possibility. As long as the wind stations are kept away (say a minimum of 2 or 3 miles) from dense dwellings areas, possibly any dwelling, except a lone farmer or two that is willing to permit it. And with the Great Plains of America, this is very much possible. If there are 'lies' around, as many have mentioned, this may be more so a concern of "fracturing" technology, and Natural Gas Power. The danger being the pollution of the environment, land, especially water. Look at Nuclear Power here in America. Think it is dead? Hardly, we have very many operative plants all over the U.S. Nobody makes a peep about it any more because the movement to stop development of it was successful. How much pollution has there been from them, relatively speaking, since Three Mile Island?


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