Twenty nine years ago, the Three Mile Island nuclear reactor in Pennsylvania suffered a partial meltdown and subsequent radiation disaster. Radioactive gases were vented, contaminated water was dumped into water sources and thousands of locals were forced to flee their homes. The accident is often cited as the reason why nuclear power expansion was halted in the United States, and activists against nuclear power are pointing to the meltdown today in response to a new push for nuclear power.
Prominent politicians, including the candidates running for president, are pointing to nuclear power as a potential solution to our greenhouse gas issues, but activists warn against labeling nuclear power as a clean, safe alternative energy. After studying the fallout from TMI, researchers found childhood cancers and other infant diseases were 15-35% higher in counties downwind from the partial meltdown.
For more information: www.nukewatch.com.