This weekend Fairewinds chief engineer Arnie Gundersen traveled to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to commemorate the 38th anniversary of the Three Mile Island meltdown that occurred March 28, 1979. Arnie will present the keynote address at an event put on by Three Mile Island Alert on Saturday night March 25, 2017. He will speak about the lessons learned from the 1979 TMI meltdown and new findings he has unearthed drawing from his work with recently deceased University of North Carolina (UNC) epidemiologist Dr. Steve Wing.
Despite the United States Government’s apparent lack of understanding or consideration of the impact of the Three Mile Island disaster, the nuclear industry wants you to believe no one was hurt or impacted by this huge radiological calamity. To revisit the words of Dr. Steve Wing that still hold true today:
“…as we think about the current plans to expand nuclear power in this country and to promote nuclear reactors, whatever you think about the problems of waste storage or waste transportation or nuclear proliferation or other things, that when we hear, which we do hear often, that no one was harmed at Three Mile Island, that this really should cause us to question that. I would encourage any of you who are interested to really go back and look, as Arnie Gundersen did, into the records, to talk with people who have been here and to respect some of this history because I think it is relative to the debates that we are having today.”
Learn about Steve Wing’s findings here:
Fairewinds is excited to announce the release of our new Three Mile Island webpage! In addition to an updated account and improved resources concerning the 1979 disaster, we are also posting a special report about the Three Mile Island disaster written in 1981 by noted scientist Dr. Henry Meyers for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs. Well before the world took notice, Dr. Meyers saw how the NRC and the nuclear industry were covering up TMI and wrote about this collusion between the two parties in his Congressional testimony.
Explore the link provided below to read and listen to first-hand accounts of the Three Mile Island disaster, see where we are today, and check out our body of work regarding the truth about Three Mile Island, including videos, blog posts, and podcasts.
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