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Three Mile Island

This March marks the 40th anniversary of the partial meltdown at Three Mile Island.

PA Post is collaborating with WITF and PennLive on a multimedia, monthlong look at the accident, its impact and the future of TMI and the nuclear industry.

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Photos: A look back at the Three Mile Island accident, evacuations, protests and cleanup

These photographs depict scenes from Three Mile Island Nuclear Generating Station in Middletown, Dauphin County, and the surrounding region in the days before and after the partial meltdown at the Unit 2 reactor.

By Lisa Wardle

Could a Three Mile Island-related mass evacuation happen today?

“In 1979, we didn’t have nearly the population we have now. Traffic would be at a crawl.”
By Ron Southwick , PennLive

How Three Mile Island and the nuclear industry influenced popular culture

After the accident at Three Mile Island, Dickinson College teacher Lonna Malmsheimer interviewed about 400 residents. One thing she noticed was how many people turned to fiction to make sense of the real-world events around them.

By Lisa Wardle

What will become of Three Mile Island’s nuclear waste if the plant closes?

In the absence of a long-term solution, the country’s nuclear power plants are left with one option: indefinite on-site storage.

By Wallace McKelvey, PennLive

Three Mile Island accident was eerily foreshadowed by a Hollywood blockbuster days before

Columbia Pictures, the studio that released the movie, actually pulled the film from some theaters to deter criticism of capitalizing on the accident at TMI.

By Ron Southwick , PennLive

Thyroid cancer study re-ignites debate over Three Mile Island accident’s health effects

The 2017 Penn State College of Medicine study found a certain type of thyroid cancer to be common to those who were near the nuclear plant during the accident.

By Brett Sholtis

Watch: Gov. Thornburgh speaks two days after Three Mile Island partial meltdown

“We’re getting conflicting reports too,” Gov. Dick Thornburgh said in response to a reporter’s question at a press conference March 30, 1979.

By Lisa Wardle

Rep. Mehaffie talks up his nuclear bailout bill; opponents line up to trash it

Dauphin County Republican puts the price tag of his nuclear bailout at $500 million annually, arguing that’s cheaper than doing nothing.

By Marie Cusick

Unsolicited, PUC commissioner sends legislators a breakdown of nuclear bailout options

In Andrew Place's analysis, Three Mile Island would close under most scenarios
By Marie Cusick

Watch: MetEd press conference the day after the Three Mile Island accident

Plant owner Metropolitan Edison did not have a communications team to address the situation. Instead, Vice President Jack Herbein and President Walter Creitz spoke directly to reporters in Middletown.

By Lisa Wardle
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