Three Mile Island Disaster

Three Mile Island

Three Mile Island, site of a nuclear power plant 10 mi (16 km) south of Harrisburg, Pa. On Mar. 28, 1979, failure of the cooling system of the No. 2 nuclear reactor led to overheating and partial melting of its uranium core and production of hydrogen gas, which raised fears of an explosion and dispersal of radioactivity. Thousands living near the plant left the area before the 12-day crisis ended, during which time some radioactive water and gases were released. A federal investigation, assigning blame to human, mechanical, and design errors, recommended changes in reactor licensing and personnel training, as well as in the structure and function of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The accident also increased public concern over the dangers of nuclear power and slowed construction of other reactors; no new reactors were approved for construction following the accident until 2012. See also nuclear energy.

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

Three Mile Island: A Nuclear Crisis in Historical Perspective
J. Samuel Walker.
University of California Press, 2004
Bad Tidings: Communication and Catastrophe
Lee Wilkins; Tim Walters; Lynne Masel Walters.
Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1989
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 5 "TMI: The Media Story That Will Not Die"
Health in the Headlines: The Stories behind the Stories
Stephen Klaidman.
Oxford University Press, 1991
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 4 "Nuclear Power: How Safe Is Safe Enough?"
Managing Regulatory Reform: The Reagan Strategy and Its Impact
Marshall R. Goodman.
Praeger Publishers, 1987
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 6 "Regulatory Reform in the Nuclear Power Area"
The Shadow World: Life between the News Media and Reality
Jim Willis.
Praeger Publishers, 1991
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 7 "There a Specialist in the House?"
The American Atom: A Documentary History of Nuclear Policies from the Discovery of Fission to the Present, 1939-1984
Robert C. Williams; Philip L. Cantelon.
University of Pennsylvania Press, 1984
Librarian’s tip: Document 73 "Three Mile Island; Nuclear News Special Report, April 6, 1979"
Long-Term Follow-Up of the Residents of the Three Mile Island Accident Area: 1979-1998. (Environmental Medicine)
Talbott, Evelyn O.; Youk, Ada O.; McHugh-Pemu, Kathleen P.; Zborowski, Jeanne V.
Environmental Health Perspectives, Vol. 111, No. 3, March 2003
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Mortality among the Residents of the Three Mile Island Accident Area: 1979-1992
Talbott, Evelyn O.; Youk, Ada O.; McHugh, Kathleen P.; Shire, Jeffrey D.; Zhang, Aimin; Murphy, Brian P.; Engberg, Richard A.
Environmental Health Perspectives, Vol. 108, No. 6, June 2000
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Collision of Evidence and Assumptions: TMI Deja View
Wing, Steve; Richardson, David.
Environmental Health Perspectives, Vol. 108, No. 12, December 2000
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"Collision of Evidence and Assumptions: TMI Deja View": Talbott Response
Talbot, Evelyn O.; Zhang, Amir; Youk, Ada O.; McHugh-Pemu; Zborowski, Jeanne V.
Environmental Health Perspectives, Vol. 108, No. 12, December 2000
PEER-REVIEWED PERIODICAL
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