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Jan 21, 2012

‘Three Mile Island: Exposing the Government’s Cover Up of Our Most Infamous Nuclear Accident; People died -- and are still dying -- at Three Mile Island “ This article goes into some detail about all of the initial assurances of safety by regulators and industry, all of which turned out to be lies.

http://www.alternet.org/health/134174

 

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Three Mile Island: ‘They Say Nothing Happened’

“Harvey Wasserman, co-author of Killing Our Own: The Disaster of America’s Experience With Atomic Radiation, stressed that the What Happened? account comes amid virtually complete inactivity by U.S. media in following up the Three Mile Island accident. (Wasserman has written about the aftermath of TMI for Harrowsmith—5-6/87—and other publications.)”

 

They interview a lady who did door to door cancer surveys years after the accident, and she said that she found cancer cases AT EVERY HOUSE. This article also points out how the medical industry and the media served as the means to help cover up the whole disaster and all of the consequences of it.

Same old, same old.. The pattern repeats itself… ad nauseum.. In Russia, at Chernobyl, at TMI, in the USA, and now in Japan, at Fukushima.

Same old, same old, only getting worse, and bigger. http://www.fair.org/index.php?page=4021

 

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‘Investigation: Revelations about Three Mile Island disaster raise doubts over nuclear plant safety’

 

The official govt report and NRC said that no one was hurt or killed by TMI, just like Fukushima. This report illustrates that the cancer rate of downwinders was increased by 80% over average citizens not exposed. Read the chilling reports of ‘downwinders’ who experienced high radiation dose signs, which were completely ignored and discounted by the nuclear industry. It sounds just like what is happening around Fukushima and also Chernobyl.

http://www.southernstudies.org/2009/04/post-4.html

 

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Another Coverup At Three Mile Island… Lies Discovered About Control Rods

 

There was an initial cover up phase right after TMI-2. The NRC Rogovin Commission and the Kennedy Commission claimed that all 69 out of 69 control rods were inserted during the emergency cooling effort, called a scram and that they all worked properly. 

 

Later, everyone involved on the nuclear industry, media and government side came out with public statements officially assuring everyone that not only did all control rods worked properly, they all claimed that no one was harmed or killed, and that no harmful radiation amounts were released. This all turned out to be a lie.

 

At TMI-2 it was found that the entire central control rod group failed to fall into the core, which is required in order to cool the reactor and keep it from melting down. The rod group circling core central became known as “The Void at the Center of the Core”.

 

The GEND report was produced to answer questions raised about these control rods. They found that only 61 of them actually did get inserted into the nuclear core, but the rest DID NOT. This is part of what caused a partial meltdown of the core, resulting in 20 tons of nuclear material melting down, with a huge radiation release, that resulted in massive numbers of cancers, genetic diseases and deaths.

 

http://www.southernstudies.org/images/sitepieces/control_rod_analysis.pdf

 

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Study suggests Three Mile Island radiation may have injured people living near reactor

"Several hundred people at the time of the accident reported nausea, vomiting, hair loss and skin rashes, and a number said their pets died or had symptoms of radiation exposure," he said. " After adjusting for pre-accident cancer incidence, we found a striking increase in cancers downwind from Three Mile Island….it is known that plant radiation monitors went off scale when the accident started.”

http://www.unc.edu/news/archives/feb97/wing.html

 

“Using better analytic and statistical techniques, he found that among the 20,000 people who lived near the plant and close to the plume's path, lung cancer and leukemia rates were two or more times higher than what they were near the plant but upwind from the plume. Among those in the most direct path of the plumes, lung cancer incidence went up by 300 to 400 percent, and leukemia rates were up by 600 to 700 percent.” http://www.albionmonitor.com/9703a/3milecancer.html

 

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TMI Facts [Source: Arnold Gundersen, expert witness TMI 1994 trial, video link at http://www.nirs.org/reactorwatch/accidents/tmipowerpoint.pdf

“TMI’s radiation monitors onsite were off-scale; radiation estimates are based math assumptions applied upon off-site dose readings. 

Early on in the accident, the NRC estimated that 10,000,000 Curies of radiation were released. The NRC estimate is based on a report by NRC manager, Mr. Lake Barrett. NUREG-0637, Appendix C. Barrett used time averaged plume dispersion (Chi/Q); assumed the center (highest concentration) of the plume hits the detector; and then averaged many days of releases. Time averaged plume dispersion can be wrong on the low side by a factor of 10. Center line Chi/Q can be wrong on the low side by a factor of a 1000. Averaging the data is wrong on the low side by a factor of 3.4. Barrett recorded the maximum curies released each day; the grand total of each day’s recording adds up to 36,062,000 curies released at TMI; yet the NRC insists that only 10,000 curies were released. 

During the 1994 TMI Trial, John Daniel (industry’s expert), determined that 17,000,000 Curies were released. Industry's own expert estimated that more radiation was released than the NRC, the guardian of public safety. Another industry expert report by Dr. Sinovy V. Reytblatt, structural engineer from the University of Bridgeport, estimated that 8-10% of containment was released as result of the spike in pressure inside the containment. The containment had 10 billion curies – 10%= 1 billion curies.  

A thorough analysis of the TMI accident indicates that releases were 100 to 1000 times higher than the NRC estimated and that the containment failed after the hydrogen detonation.

NRC and FEMA continue to use NRC’s mischaracterization of what was released at TMI. For example NRC’s Senior Advisor for Emergency Preparedness Patricia Milligan’s claimed [when giving a lecture at Harvard School of Public Health,  Radiological Emergency Planning: Terrorism, Security, and Communication August 7, 2008] that when emergency plans were initially written NRC/FEMA did not know that there had been core melt. However now that NRC knows that there had been core melt and that our data still “shows” only a “small release” of radiation  occurred, emergency plans and guidelines based on a then lack of understanding of the seriousness of the accident thereby are too conservative. In other words the continued mischaracterization of TMI’s releases is used to justify reducing the area in which emergency planning is necessary and to generally water down response planning and exercise scenarios.

Perhaps Sir Walter Scott said it best, "Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive."”

http://www.pilgrimwatch.org/planning2.html

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