3 Mile Island Anniversary: the Lesson Nuclear Industry Refuses To Learn

"Thirty-five years after the world's first nuclear-power scare, the nuclear industry hasn't learned the most basic lesson from Three Mile Island: Get accurate information to the public in a timely manner."

"Before Fukushima and before Chernobyl, the world got its first nuclear-power scare  –  the one at Three Mile Island 35 years ago Saturday that is indelibly etched in global consciousness and the one that remains an impediment to a nuclear renaissance.

On March 28, 1979, the alarm began – and in some corners, it has never ceased.

Around 4 a.m., a valve malfunctioned and Unit 2 suffered a loss of primary coolant, which caused a partial core meltdown. By 7 a.m., Harrisburg, just a few miles upriver, and  the surrounding Pennsylvania countryside were awaking to a panic about a "hydrogen bubble" that could explode."

Ken Silverstein reports for the Christian Science Monitor March 28, 2014.

Monday, March 31, 2014