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People Died at Three Mile Island —(here)—

People died ...& are still dying ...at Three Mile Island from Nuclear contamination

By Harvey Wasserman

As the thirtieth anniversary of America's most infamous industrial accident approaches, we mourn the deaths that accompanied the biggest string of lies ever told in U.S. industrial history.

As news of the accident poured into the global media, the public was assured there were no radiation releases.

That quickly proved to be false.

The public was then told the releases were controlled and done purposely to alleviate pressure on the core.

Both those assertions were false.

The public was told the releases were "insignificant."

But stack monitors were saturated and unusable, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission later told Congress it did not know ...and STILL does not know, how much radiation was released at Three Mile Island, or where it went.

Using unsubstantiated estimates of how much radiation was released, the government issued average doses allegedly received by people in the region, which it assured the public were safe. But the estimates were utterly meaningless, among other things ignoring the likelihood that high doses of concentrated fallout could come down heavily on specific areas.

Official estimates said a uniform dose to all persons in the region was equivalent to a single chest x-ray. But pregnant women are no longer x-rayed because it has long been known a single dose can do catastrophic damage to an embryo or fetus in utero.

The public was told there was no melting of fuel inside the core.

But robotic cameras later showed a very substantial portion of the fuel did melt.

The public was told there was no danger of an explosion.

But there was, as there had been at Michigan's Fermi reactor in 1966. In 1986, Chernobyl Unit Four did explode.

The public was told there was no need to evacuate anyone from the area.


Pennsylvania Governor Richard Thornburgh then evacuated pregnant women and small children. Unfortunately, many were sent to nearby Hershey, which was showered with fallout


In fact, the entire region should have been immediately evacuated. It is standard wisdom in the health physics community that, due in part to the extreme vulnerability of human embryos, fetuses and small children, as well as the weaknesses of old age, there is no safe dose of radiation, and none will ever be found.

The public was assured the government would follow up with meticulous studies of the health impacts of the accident.

In fact, the state of Pennsylvania hid the health impacts, including deletion of cancers from the public record, abolition of the state's tumor registry, misrepresentation of the impacts it could not hide (including an apparent tripling of the infant death rate in nearby Harrisburg) and much more.

The federal government did nothing to track the health histories of the region's residents.

In fact, the most reliable studies were conducted by local residents like Jane Lee and Mary Osborne, who went door-to-door in neighborhoods where the fallout was thought to be worst. Their surveys showed very substantial plagues of cancer, leukemia, birth defects, respiratory problems, hair loss, rashes, lesions and much more.

A study by Columbia University claimed there were no significant health impacts, but its data by some interpretations points in the opposite direction. Investigations by epidemiologist Dr. Stephen Wing of the University of North Carolina, and others, led Wing to warn that the official studies on the health impacts of the accident suffered from "logical and methodological problems." Studies by Wing and by Arnie Gundersen, a former nuclear industry official, being announced this week at Harrisburg, significantly challenge official pronouncements on both radiation releases and health impacts.

Gundersen, a leading technical expert on nuclear engineering, says: "When I correctly interpreted the containment pressure spike and the doses measured in the environment after the TMI accident, I proved that TMI's releases were about one hundred times higher than the industry and the NRC claim, in part because the containment leaked. This new data supports the epidemiology of Dr. Steve Wing and proves that there really were injuries from the accident. New reactor designs are also effected, as the NRC is using its low assumed release rates to justify decreases in emergency planning and containment design."

the number of cancers within 10 miles of TMI rose from 1731 to 2847 between 1975-79 and 1981-85

Data unearthed by radiologist Dr. Ernest Sternglass of the University of Pittsburgh, and statisticians Jay Gould (now deceased) and Joe Mangano of New York have led to strong assertions of major public health impacts. According to Mangano, one major study "found that the number of cancers within 10 miles of TMI rose from 1731 to 2847 between 1975-79 and 1981-85. A 64% increase. But they 'didn't find any link' with the accident, and suggested the rise might be due to stress." On-going work by Sternglass and Mangano clearly indicates that "normal" reactor radiation releases of far less magnitude that those at TMI continue to have catastrophic impacts on local populations.


Anecdotal evidence among the local human population has been devastating. Large numbers of central Pennsylvanians suffered skin sores and lesions that erupted while they were out of doors as the fallout rained down on them. Many quickly developed large, visible tumors, breathing problems, and a metallic taste in their mouths that matched that experienced by some of the men who dropped the bomb on Hiroshima, and who were exposed to nuclear tests in the South Pacific and Nevada.


A series of interviews conducted by Robbie Leppzer and compiled in a "a two-hour public radio documentary VOICES FROM THREE MILE ISLAND (www.turningtide.com) give some indication of the horrors experienced by the people of central Pennsylvania.

They are further underscored by harrowing broadcasts from then-CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite
( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-c1PrCLaRw ) warning that "the world has never known a day quite like today. It faced the considerable uncertainties and dangers of the worst nuclear power plant accident of the atomic age. And the horror tonight is that it could get much worse."

In March of 1980, I went into the region and compiled a range of interviews clearly indicating widespread health damage done by radiation from the accident. The survey led to the book KILLING OUR OWN, co-authored with Norman Solomon, Robert Alvarez and Eleanor Walters ( www.ratical.org/radiation/KillingOurOwn/KOO.pdf ) which correlated the damage done at TMI with that suffered during nuclear bomb tests, atomic weapons production, mis-use of medical x-rays, the painting of radium watch dials, uranium mining and milling, radioactive fuel production, failed attempts at waste disposal, and more.


My research at TMI also uncovered a plague of death and disease among the area's wild animals and farm livestock. Entire bee hives expired immediately after the accident, along with a disappearance of birds, many of whom were found scattered dead on the ground. A rash of malformed pets were born and stillborn, including kittens that could not walk and a dog with no eyes. Reproductive rates among the region's cows and horses plummeted.


Much of this was documented by a three-person investigative team from the Baltimore News-American, which made it clear that the problems could only have been caused by radiation. Statistics from Pennsylvania's Department of Agriculture confirmed the plague, but the state denied its existence, and said that if it did exist, it could not have been caused by TMI.

In the mid-1980s the citizens of the three counties surrounding Three Mile Island voted by a margin of 3:1 to permanently retire TMI Unit One, which had been shut when Unit Two melted. The Reagan Administration trashed the vote and re-opened the reactor, which still operates. Its owners now seek a license renewal.

Some 2400 area residents have long-since filed a class action lawsuit demanding compensation for the plague of death and disease visited upon their families. In the past quarter-century they have been denied access to the federal court system, which claims there was not enough radiation released to do such harm. TMI's owners did quietly pay out millions in damages to area residents whose children were born with genetic damage, among other things. The payments came in exchange for silence among those receiving them.

But for all the global attention focused on the accident and its health effects, there has never been a binding public trial to test the assertion by thousands of conservative central Pennsylvanians that radiation from TMI destroyed their lives.

So while the nuclear power industry continues to assert that "no one died at Three Mile Island," it refuses to allow an open judicial hearing on the hundreds of cases still pending.

As the pushers of the "nuclear renaissance" demand massive tax- and rate-payer subsidies to build yet another generation of reactors, they cynically stonewall the obvious death toll that continues to mount at the site of an accident that happened thirty years ago. The "see no evil" mantra continues to define all official approaches to the victims of this horrific disaster.


Ironically, like Chernobyl, Three Mile Island Unit Two was a state-of-the-art reactor. Its official opening came on December 28, 1978, and it melted exactly three months later. Had it operated longer, the accumulated radiation spewing from its core almost certainly would have been far greater.


Every reactor now operating in the U.S. is much older---nearly all fully three decades older---than TMI-2 when it melted. Their potential fallout that could dwarf what came down in 1979.

But the Big Lie remains officially in tact. Expect to hear all week that TMI was "a success story" because "no one was killed."

But in mere moments that brand new reactor morphed from a $900 million asset to a multi-billion-dollar liability. It could happen to any atomic power plant, now, tomorrow and into the future.

Meanwhile, the death toll from America's worst industrial catastrophe continues to rise. More than ever, it is shrouded in official lies and desecrated by a reactor-pushing "renaissance" hell-bent on repeating the nightmare on an even larger scale.
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Harvey Wasserman has been writing about atomic energy and the green alternatives since 1973. His 1982 assertion to Bryant Gumbel on NBC's TODAY Show that people were killed at TMI sparked a national mailing from the reactor industry demanding a retraction. NBC was later bought by General Electric, still a major force pushing atomic power.



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Cracking the Corporate Media’s Iron Curtain Around Death at Three Mile Island —(here)—



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Children Suffer Nuclear Impact Worldwide

Contrary to cartoon superheroes: Kids don't get superpowers from routine-everyday nuclear industry reactor fallout, waste & accidents – instead: immune deficiency diseases, cancer & leukemia

Maggie Gundersen, Chiho Kaneko & Caroline Phillips of Fairewinds.org interviewed by Margaret Harrington of CCTV Channel 17 in Burlington, Vermont, June 20, 2016: (here).  Original transcript by Fairewinds; scroll down, (here). Formatted & edited oral history transcript by Nuclear Weather Forecast, (PDF, here) - or - (with MS Word search engine, footnotes, endnotes, charts & supplementary information, here)

| Children Suffer Nuclear Impact Worldwide | Extreme Nuclear Dangers | Tritium Expose | Smokescreen | Hottest Hot Particle | Hot Particles in Seattle & Boston | Nuclear Power Makes Global Warming Worse | Sabotage: EPA Guts Protective Action Guidelines |



Kids born w/o brains by Hanford nuclear reservation & reactor (yes, a working nuclear reactor)

Conceiving a child today within 25 miles of a nuclear reactor facility can lower the I.Q. & mutate your child-to-be




(ul) Kids in Southern California holding map showing pediatric cancers by nuclear industry sites; (ll) Location of nuclear reactors in U.S. (all dispersing tritium in their normal day-to-day operations); (lr) People sickened & killed from nuclear tests (note map is cut off to avoid showing damage to Canadians)
California kids map pediatric cancers: Santa Susana Field Lab at Feb 2017 DOE meet. Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles directs nuclear threats program advocating protective health policies for nuclear industry weapons, nuclear energy & radiation regulations & ensures a proper cleanup of Santa Susana Field Lab, former nuclear & rocket testing facility polluted with nuclear industry radionuclides & chemical contamination.

SoCal, You are now an endangered species, (Susana Part 1Part 2)

from new accumulating & residual nuclear & reactor fallout, hot particles & tritium in your own State

Nuclear Power is Not Safe & Clean: Nuclear Fallout & Everyday Normal Business-as-Usual Reactor Discharges are Weaponizing Earth

Conceiving a child within 25 miles of a nuclear reactor facility can lower the I.Q. and mutate your child-to-be  ... you have seen such children in the previous videos and pictures that were exposed to nuclear fallout radionuclides and hot particles at the meltdown in Chernobyl. Nuclear fallout radionuclides and hot particles taking a toll in Japan because of Fukushima ... but doctors abort these horribly mutated children and tell the mother she miscarried, calling these abortions and miscarriages, 'unfortunate pregnancies'.

Unfortunate pregancies from nuclear fallout

This is not to say, if you live within 25 miles of a nuclear reactor only in the United States ...but worldwide: your child conceived in your womb can be created and born mutated by nuclear fallout and hot particles, or aborted because of deformities ...but, statistics and studies within the last 30-to-75 years confirm that women and their unborn, and girls living by nuclear reactors get more cancer than men or boys, or those living farther away.

Kids by Hanford today born without brains – blame leaking nuclear dump site, nuclear waste, fallout & hot particles

Kids around Hanford nuclear reservation today are being born without brains. In Missouri, by a nuclear dumpsite kids are born today with double sets of teeth and extra limbs. In Belarus, downwind of Chernobyl nuclear facility, with hands growing out of their shoulders.

In Russia, by a nuclear test ground, there are large jars holding dead babies, a cyclops, a creature like the monster from the movie, Alien, with that large myshapen head.

In India, where in a village a school was built with cement made from materials of with nuclear waste, radionuclides and hot particles, most of the children are deformed ... the list goes on and on (read the e-books to protect yourself) ... help shut down all nuclear reactors, now. Help replace them with solar power, now.

Nuclear apologists to burn in hell

Now, the the Fed interest rate bankers'nuclear industry' and 'their apologists' will tell you over and over and over till 'they' brainwash your friends with 'their' murdering lies, then your friends will say, nuclear power is safe and clean, and harmless ...and even is good for you. For this deadly deception (not your friends, but) 'they' should be arrested, tried, sentenced and marched to the gallows ...ya'think?

Downwinders (folks downwind from the Nevada test site) became walking dead. Look at the concentration ...the map should've continued into Canada.

Downwinders

[Editor's note:] Downwinders, (in this case) refers to people and animals in the intermountain area between the Cascades and Rocky Mountain ranges primarily in Arizona, Nevada, Utah ...but, also Oregon, Washington and Idaho were/are exposed to nuclear contamination or fallout and hot particles from atmospheric or underground nuclear weapons testing and nuclear accidents ...also refers to ionizing radiation and emissions exposure from day-to-day production and maintenance of coal ash, nuclear weapons, nuclear power, waste, hot particles and geothermal energy.


Near U.S. nuclear sites, downwinders are exposed to releases of nuclear waste and hot particles of radioactive materials into groundwater, food chains and air. (Other downwinders suffer acute exposure from uranium mining and nuclear experiments.)


Downwinders - Per capita thyroid doses in the continental United States of Iodine-131 resulting from nuclear fallout and hot spot exposure routes from atmospheric nuclear tests conducted at the Nevada Test Site, (map, above).

Adverse health effects: increased cancers, thyroid diseases, malignant and cancerous brain tumors, female reproductive cancers and congenital malformations are observed in downwind communities from nuclear fallout and contamination.

National Cancer Institute map (above), refers to Nevada Test Site downwinders, only ...map is included for dispersion patterns, not dose estimates.

Fukushima fallout 100x worse than Chernobyl 

Nuclear fallout and hots spots from Fukushima is hundreds of times worse than Chernobyl (use the MS Word 'find'/search engine in Nuclear Power is Not Safe & Clean). Children born mutated in Japan are referred to as, 'an unfortunate birth'...and murdered or aborted and the mothers told they miscarried. 

Nuclear fallout and hot spots have made cancer the new 'normal' -- the Fed interest rate bankers' nuclear industry has made cancer 1-in-4, 1-in-3, 1-in-2 and now, 1-in-1.

See these normal flowers and birds? Are they not beautiful? Yet birds that flew thru nuclear fallout die or fall from the sky, survivors' babies are born blind and cannot fly. Rain falling through nuclear fallout in the sky, down onto the flowers, vegetables, grains and water changes them into unnatural, unintended forms not meant by Mother Nature or Mother Earth, the Great Spirit, Holy Ghost or Dove of Peace of our Creator.

See these normal flowers and birds? Are they not beautiful? Yet birds that flew thru, perched or walked in nuclear fallout or hot spots die or fall from the sky , survivors' babies are born blind and cannot fly.

Rain falling through nuclear fallout in the sky, down onto the flowers, vegetables, grains and water changes them into unnatural, unintended forms not meant by Mother Nature or Mother Earth, the Great Spirit, Holy Ghost or Dove of Peace of our Creator.

So, it is rightly said, the nuclear industry and those who proffer it blaspheme our Creator and all that is Holy, you, your unborn child, the Life Force and all that lives.

Why are millions and billions of sea life like whales, dolphins, seals, sea lions, sea otters ... all mammals as we are, and all sea life in the Pacific Ocean floating suspended in the ocean dead or dying excruciating deaths and washing up on shores dead or dying excruciating deaths and crabs, lobsters, octopus, squid and other sea life pressed into the beach sand dead from Alaska to Mexico?  Or starving because their food chain is now extinct.

Because of seaborne nuclear fallout and hot spots, plutonium and hundreds of other radionuclides melted down into the water acquifirs at Fukushima feeding into the Pacific Ocean since 2011, and because the U.S. encouraged Japan to dump all their liquid and solid nuclear waste and hot spots into the ocean every day, and burn it up into the atmosphere where it rains down on the Pacfic Ocean, the United States and circulates around the world every 40 hours and falls with the rain.

Nuclear apologists blame these extinction levels on global warming creating new and mysterious diseases ... when research from Chernobyl proves radiation mutates viruses and bacteria to form new and mysterious diseases! 

Why are we not told? ...

->  the infant mortality rate doubled in Seattle and British Columbia from fallout, and an organic farm in Southeast Portland shut down because its soil was too full of Fukushima fallout to grow vegetables and fruit for market

-> there are 20,000 otherwise accounted for deaths in the U.S. since March 2011, when the first fallout from the three meltdowns from Fukushima Japan assaulted the United States? ...and, that it will keep killing more people

-> the Pacific Cascades from British Columbia to California is permanently contaminated with Fukushima nuclear fallout? ...and, with residual atmospheric nuclear fallout, too? ...and, fallout keeps killing practically, forever

-> ...the death toll from high yield atmospheric nuclear testing has been revised from 1 million dead, to include accumulative low yield fallout that adds up ... to 60 million dead and 100 million cancers, plus several million abortions and miscarriages. 

-> a highly respected epidemiologist, Sister Rosalie Bertell, a brilliant mathematician, calculated a total nuclear industry fatal andnon-fatal cancer toll ... based on nuclear industry statistics ... at well over 1.2 billion people.

-> Double that or triple it if you include animals.

The reason we are not told is because the nuclear industry is getting away with murder.

Until you read these books.



Cut the military budget in half

Use the money to install solar power in the U.S. and in developing countries

Eliminate the central bankers stranglehold on our lives

We no longer need conventional & non-conventional nuclear weapons & biological and chemical warfare, weather warfare, geoengineering & deathsquads

We have electronic and electromagnetic pulse weapons now that are far more threatening and wipe out AC & DC electricity & all electrical systems & all electronic communications & life support systems

We must divest these parasites (who build nuclear & say that it is safe & force it onto other countries as a condition of foreign aid & weapons sales.

These are the parasites:   pdf, here – word with search, here  



Santa Susana: SoCal, You are now an endangered species, (Part 1Part 2)

CNN Weather Man Omits Satellite Imagery – Explosion Starts Paradise Fire

"We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false." –Nuclear proponent & CIA Director, William Casey*

*Homage to George Herbert Walker Bush: CIA Director William Casey, George H.W. Bush's (Bush was busted in 1941 for supplying oil to Hitler but continued to supply the Nazis until 1951 ...see John Loftus, Secret War Against the Jews.... presidential campaign manager & protege of Allen Dulles, who represented the Nazi portfolio in America, headed OSS, founded CIA & before the end of WWII, hired Reinhardt Gehlen to run CIA. Gehlen was Hitler's chief intelligence officer for Foreign Armies East tasked with the destruction of the Soviet Union, who also directed Foreign Armies West & kept in touch with Martin Bormann who headed the 4th Reich in South America until the late 1980's along with Klaus Barbie who started the cocaine trade in Bolivia, and Otto Skorzeny who was the leader of the Werewolf deathsquads (nephew of Halmar Schacht, Hitler's banker) who fought WWII until 1952 in Russia, then founded the intelligence organizations of fascist Spain, Egypt & several in South America ...lest we forget the Republican National Heritage Committee who got out the ethnic vote for G.H.W. Bush & were busted because they to a man were the death squad nazi leaders of Europe, who the Reagan/Bush & then the Bush Administration through the Heritage Foundation funded these people to continue fascist activities in Eastern Europe which produced the wars of the 1990s that culminated with the 'West' recovering the Baku oil fields in Russia that had originally been lost when the Czar was overthrown. - without history, life is a mystery


Fire Spreads Nuclear Contamination by Santa Susana Field Lab – Site of the Biggest Nuclear Reactor Disaster Contamination in U.S. – into the Air for All to Breathe

Larger catastrophe than Southern California fire – escapes news media reports


Los Angeles Secret Meltdown – Simi Valley, CA (1959)

Largest Nuclear Incident in U.S. history


—(also see, Wildfires, here) & (Directed energy weapons, here)—


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Animals here

Animals are paying the price of mankind's nuclear industry, climate engineering & endless wars by Fed interest rate Crown bank directors. Click Here to read the indexed links of animals affected by nuclear, their afflictions & suffering.

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You are paying the devil for nuclear power with your children's blood

K-12 / Youth here

While the Planet Earth & pregnancies are dying, kids suffer & deal with fallout from everyday nuclear industry goings-on, accidents, spills, prior & ongoing testing spread faster by storms & hurricanes caused by climate engineering ...while having to worry about nuclear warfare ...usually feeling ionizing radiation effects in their genetic makeup, asthma, immune deficiencies leading to 100 diseases, cancers & leukemia. Click Here to find out more.

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Fukushima Cover-Up: “Keep cancers a secret” say doctors 

Officials “actively ignore” reports of illness and death

“We’re getting leukemia, cataracts & we die suddenly

Students having sudden heart attacks"

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Smile Parks, here


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The 1986 nuclear accident at Chernobyl stunned the world, releasing thousands of tons of radioactivity over an innocent population. Magnum photographer Paul Fusco revisits the affected region, searching for the accident's enduring effects. See the project here


What's happening where you live? ...leukemia in kids from local business-as-usual reactor emissions

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Fukushima today right here & now is many times worse than Chernobyl ever was/is here

  

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Adults here

Grown Up Stories for Kids: How 1st Responders and the public and animals pay with their lives in everyday normal nuclear reactor business-as-usual ops and in deadly nuclear fallout situtations and climate engineering  chemtrail fallout due to the greed of the Fed interest rate bankers' Deep State Nuclear Mafia. Click Here to find out more.

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Tribal Elders here

Culture of indigenous people is to love, nurture & protect Planet Earth to keep the Earth from dying, to protect pregnancies, protect kids and protect animals. We might do better getting rid of Deep State Nuclear Mafia & getting the country and the world back under indigenous people's reign to stop nuclear and stop climate engineering. Click Here

  

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People Died at Three Mile Island —(here)—

People died ...& are still dying ...at Three Mile Island from Nuclear contamination

By Harvey Wasserman

As the thirtieth anniversary of America's most infamous industrial accident approaches, we mourn the deaths that accompanied the biggest string of lies ever told in U.S. industrial history.

As news of the accident poured into the global media, the public was assured there were no radiation releases.

That quickly proved to be false.

The public was then told the releases were controlled and done purposely to alleviate pressure on the core.

Both those assertions were false.

The public was told the releases were "insignificant."

But stack monitors were saturated and unusable, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission later told Congress it did not know ...and STILL does not know, how much radiation was released at Three Mile Island, or where it went.

Using unsubstantiated estimates of how much radiation was released, the government issued average doses allegedly received by people in the region, which it assured the public were safe. But the estimates were utterly meaningless, among other things ignoring the likelihood that high doses of concentrated fallout could come down heavily on specific areas.

Official estimates said a uniform dose to all persons in the region was equivalent to a single chest x-ray. But pregnant women are no longer x-rayed because it has long been known a single dose can do catastrophic damage to an embryo or fetus in utero.

The public was told there was no melting of fuel inside the core.

But robotic cameras later showed a very substantial portion of the fuel did melt.

The public was told there was no danger of an explosion.

But there was, as there had been at Michigan's Fermi reactor in 1966. In 1986, Chernobyl Unit Four did explode.

The public was told there was no need to evacuate anyone from the area.


Pennsylvania Governor Richard Thornburgh then evacuated pregnant women and small children. Unfortunately, many were sent to nearby Hershey, which was showered with fallout


In fact, the entire region should have been immediately evacuated. It is standard wisdom in the health physics community that, due in part to the extreme vulnerability of human embryos, fetuses and small children, as well as the weaknesses of old age, there is no safe dose of radiation, and none will ever be found.

The public was assured the government would follow up with meticulous studies of the health impacts of the accident.

In fact, the state of Pennsylvania hid the health impacts, including deletion of cancers from the public record, abolition of the state's tumor registry, misrepresentation of the impacts it could not hide (including an apparent tripling of the infant death rate in nearby Harrisburg) and much more.

The federal government did nothing to track the health histories of the region's residents.

In fact, the most reliable studies were conducted by local residents like Jane Lee and Mary Osborne, who went door-to-door in neighborhoods where the fallout was thought to be worst. Their surveys showed very substantial plagues of cancer, leukemia, birth defects, respiratory problems, hair loss, rashes, lesions and much more.

A study by Columbia University claimed there were no significant health impacts, but its data by some interpretations points in the opposite direction. Investigations by epidemiologist Dr. Stephen Wing of the University of North Carolina, and others, led Wing to warn that the official studies on the health impacts of the accident suffered from "logical and methodological problems." Studies by Wing and by Arnie Gundersen, a former nuclear industry official, being announced this week at Harrisburg, significantly challenge official pronouncements on both radiation releases and health impacts.

Gundersen, a leading technical expert on nuclear engineering, says: "When I correctly interpreted the containment pressure spike and the doses measured in the environment after the TMI accident, I proved that TMI's releases were about one hundred times higher than the industry and the NRC claim, in part because the containment leaked. This new data supports the epidemiology of Dr. Steve Wing and proves that there really were injuries from the accident. New reactor designs are also effected, as the NRC is using its low assumed release rates to justify decreases in emergency planning and containment design."

the number of cancers within 10 miles of TMI rose from 1731 to 2847 between 1975-79 and 1981-85

Data unearthed by radiologist Dr. Ernest Sternglass of the University of Pittsburgh, and statisticians Jay Gould (now deceased) and Joe Mangano of New York have led to strong assertions of major public health impacts. According to Mangano, one major study "found that the number of cancers within 10 miles of TMI rose from 1731 to 2847 between 1975-79 and 1981-85. A 64% increase. But they 'didn't find any link' with the accident, and suggested the rise might be due to stress." On-going work by Sternglass and Mangano clearly indicates that "normal" reactor radiation releases of far less magnitude that those at TMI continue to have catastrophic impacts on local populations.


Anecdotal evidence among the local human population has been devastating. Large numbers of central Pennsylvanians suffered skin sores and lesions that erupted while they were out of doors as the fallout rained down on them. Many quickly developed large, visible tumors, breathing problems, and a metallic taste in their mouths that matched that experienced by some of the men who dropped the bomb on Hiroshima, and who were exposed to nuclear tests in the South Pacific and Nevada.


A series of interviews conducted by Robbie Leppzer and compiled in a "a two-hour public radio documentary VOICES FROM THREE MILE ISLAND (www.turningtide.com) give some indication of the horrors experienced by the people of central Pennsylvania.

They are further underscored by harrowing broadcasts from then-CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite
( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-c1PrCLaRw ) warning that "the world has never known a day quite like today. It faced the considerable uncertainties and dangers of the worst nuclear power plant accident of the atomic age. And the horror tonight is that it could get much worse."

In March of 1980, I went into the region and compiled a range of interviews clearly indicating widespread health damage done by radiation from the accident. The survey led to the book KILLING OUR OWN, co-authored with Norman Solomon, Robert Alvarez and Eleanor Walters ( www.ratical.org/radiation/KillingOurOwn/KOO.pdf ) which correlated the damage done at TMI with that suffered during nuclear bomb tests, atomic weapons production, mis-use of medical x-rays, the painting of radium watch dials, uranium mining and milling, radioactive fuel production, failed attempts at waste disposal, and more.

My research at TMI also uncovered a plague of death and disease among the area's wild animals and farm livestock. Entire bee hives expired immediately after the accident, along with a disappearance
of birds, many of whom were found scattered dead on the ground. A rash of malformed pets were born and stillborn, including kittens that could not walk and a dog with no eyes. Reproductive rates among the
region's cows and horses plummeted.

Much of this was documented by a three-person investigative team from the Baltimore News-American, which made it clear that the problems could only have been caused by radiation. Statistics from Pennsylvania's Department of Agriculture confirmed the plague, but the state denied its existence, and said that if it did exist, it could not have been caused by TMI.

In the mid-1980s the citizens of the three counties surrounding Three Mile Island voted by a margin of 3:1 to permanently retire TMI Unit One, which had been shut when Unit Two melted. The Reagan Administration trashed the vote and re-opened the reactor, which still operates. Its owners now seek a license renewal.

Some 2400 area residents have long-since filed a class action lawsuit demanding compensation for the plague of death and disease visited upon their families. In the past quarter-century they have been denied access to the federal court system, which claims there was not enough radiation released to do such harm. TMI's owners did quietly pay out millions in damages to area residents whose children were born with genetic damage, among other things. The payments came in exchange for silence among those receiving them.

But for all the global attention focused on the accident and its health effects, there has never been a binding public trial to test the assertion by thousands of conservative central Pennsylvanians that radiation from TMI destroyed their lives.

So while the nuclear power industry continues to assert that "no one died at Three Mile Island," it refuses to allow an open judicial hearing on the hundreds of cases still pending.

As the pushers of the "nuclear renaissance" demand massive tax- and rate-payer subsidies to build yet another generation of reactors, they cynically stonewall the obvious death toll that continues to mount at the site of an accident that happened thirty years ago. The "see no evil" mantra continues to define all official approaches to the victims of this horrific disaster.


Ironically, like Chernobyl, Three Mile Island Unit Two was a state-of-the-art reactor. Its official opening came on December 28, 1978, and it melted exactly three months later. Had it operated longer, the accumulated radiation spewing from its core almost certainly would have been far greater.


Every reactor now operating in the U.S. is much older---nearly all fully three decades older---than TMI-2 when it melted. Their potential fallout that could dwarf what came down in 1979.

But the Big Lie remains officially in tact. Expect to hear all week that TMI was "a success story" because "no one was killed."

But in mere moments that brand new reactor morphed from a $900 million asset to a multi-billion-dollar liability. It could happen to any atomic power plant, now, tomorrow and into the future.

Meanwhile, the death toll from America's worst industrial catastrophe continues to rise. More than ever, it is shrouded in official lies and desecrated by a reactor-pushing "renaissance" hell-bent on repeating the nightmare on an even larger scale.
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Harvey Wasserman has been writing about atomic energy and the green alternatives since 1973. His 1982 assertion to Bryant Gumbel on NBC's TODAY Show that people were killed at TMI sparked a national mailing from the reactor industry demanding a retraction. NBC was later bought by General Electric, still a major force pushing atomic power.



Also see:

Cracking the Corporate Media’s Iron Curtain Around Death at Three Mile Island —(here)—




Nuclear Industry Disclaimer

Until about two billion years ago, it was impossible to have any life on Earth; that is, there was so much radiation on Earth you couldn’t have any life – fish or anything. Gradually, two billion years ago, the amount of radiation on this planet – and probably in the entire system – reduced and made it possible for some form of life to begin. Now when we go back to using nuclear power, we are creating something which nature tried to destroy to make life possible. Every time you produce radiation, you produce something that has a half-life, in some cases for billions of years. I think the human race may wreck itself; it is important that we get control of this horrible force and eliminate it. Nuclear power is not worth it. - Admiral Hyman G. Rickover, U.S. Navy officer, engineer, & driving force behind naval nuclear power

All of life on Earth is radioactive now, and it only took about 70 years. The more people, plants and animals get, the quicker they sicken. It is just that simple. - Bob Nichols

True, the white man brought great change. But the varied fruits of his civilization, though highly colored and inviting, are sickening and deadening. And if it be the part of civilization to maim, rob, and thwart, then what is progress? I am going to venture the man who sat on the ground in his tipi meditating on life and its meaning, accepting the kinship of all creatures, acknowledging unity with the universe of things, was infusing into his being the true essence of civilization. - Chief Standing Bear, The Land of the Spotted Eagle, 1933

You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many. - Corinthians 1:11 

For this other death - not by plague, this time, not by poison, not by fire, not by artificially induced cancer, but by the squalid disintegration of the very substance of the species - this gruesome and infinitely unheroic death-in-birth could as well be the product of atomic industry as of atomic war. - Ape and Essence by Aldous Huxley (1949)


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