In this article, we will explore whether a coverup happened after Three Mile Island. We will also see if this coverup perhaps exposes a pattern of coverups after every nuclear accident, or is it a one time event? Finally, we will explore your concerns, that if a coverup happened, how this coverup scenario affects you and your children, or your whole family?
There are many nuclear power plants all over the United States. Wouldn’t you agree that you and your family may be affected negatively in case of an accident, if there is a pattern of covering up the severity, or even if and when an accident happens? After all, how do you know if and/or when you need to evacuate if the utility and government agencies are denying that a nuclear accident even happened?
In the article; ‘Three Mile Island: Exposing the Government’s Cover Up of Our Most Infamous Nuclear Accident’ it explains how many people died — and are still dying — at Three Mile Island . “ This article goes into some detail about all of the initial assurances of safety and no harm caused to people by radiation by regulators, government, and the utility company involved. All of these assurances turned out to be, well, hokum, but I will leave that to you to decide. http://www.alternet.org/health/134174
In a book about 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.)” (This same thing happened after Chernobyl, and is now happening after Fukushima. This same scenario seems to happen after EVERY SINGLE NUCLEAR ACCIDENT.)
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
In a report; ‘Investigation: Revelations about Three Mile Island disaster raise doubts over nuclear plant safety’, it talks about how the official govt report and NRC both said that no one was hurt or killed by TMI, just the same as at Fukushima now. At Chernobyl, even to this day, the nuclear apologists say that only a small number of people were hurt or killed.
This same 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.
Another Coverup At Three Mile Island? Lies Discovered About Control Rods
There was an initial cover up phase (in addition to as it was happening) right after TMI-2 meltdown happened. The public was not warned or given the proper information, and no specific radiation readings were provided to anyone, (just like after every accident). 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 work properly, they all claimed that no one was harmed or killed, and that no harmful amounts of radiation 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
http://www.tmia.com/tmi Three Mile Island Alert
Information about Three Mile Island’s 1979 partial meltdown emerged when Dr. Steven Wing of UNC-Chapel Hill found a 400 percent increase in cancers among those exposed.” http://www.wncpsr.org/nuclear-power/long-history-of-nuclear-secrecy
The following video goes into cover ups and denials of any radiation leaks at Three Mile Island. There is NO ACCIDENT. It did not occur inside the reactor, it happened OUTSIDE The reactor.. Therefor it was not an accident, just a failure of a piece of machinery outside the reactor. There is no relationship between that and what is called a nuclear accident.http://youtu.be/Fmmdh8Xlbvg
The authorities said things like:
“All radiation releases is within ‘limits’”
There were severe communications problems. Conflicting statements came out of the utility, the governor and the NRC.
The meltdown of TMI was called “The Void at the Center of the Core” by a GEND report in 1983 on the TMI-2 endoscopy examination. Reproduced via Xeroxa press release from CII [Coalition for Independent Investigation] in 1986. Developed from a public admission in mid-1982 about that endoscopy and its revelations.
During initial coverup phase after the accident at TMI-2 the nuclear apologists were highly sensitive about anything that intimated that not all the control rods might fall during an emergency scram sequence. At TMI-2 an entire rod group failed to fall. The rod group circling core central, or what became “The Void at the Center of the Core.”
“Independent measurements provided evidence of radiation levels up to five times higher than normal in locations hundreds of miles downwind from TMI. According to Randall Thompson, the lead health physicist at TMI after the accident (a veteran of the US Navy nuclear submarine program and a self-confessed “nuclear geek”), radiation releases were hundreds if not thousands of times higher. Some other insiders, including Arnie Gundersen, a former nuclear industry executive turned whistle-blower, concur.
Only two radiation meters were operational. Two meters went off scale, so they were ignored, as they were assumed to be ‘defective’. Radiation exposure estimates were used, rather than radiation readings downwind of the plant.
Another 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
In TMI Facts [Source: Arnold Gundersen, expert witness TMI 1994 trial said that; “TMI’s radiation monitors onsite were off-scale; radiation estimates are based math assumptions were applied upon off-site dose readings. http://www.nirs.org/reactorwatch/accidents/tmipowerpoint.pdf
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 video below goes into depth on the cover ups and denials of any radiation leaks at Three Mile Island. In the video, an announcer claims with extra emotion and energy; “There is NO ACCIDENT. It did not occur inside the reactor, it happened OUTSIDE The reactor.. Therefor it was not an accident, just a failure of a piece of machinery outside the reactor. There is no relationship between that and what is called a nuclear accident.
No evacuation is needed.”
“Independent measurements provided evidence of radiation levels up to five times higher than normal in locations hundreds of miles downwind from TMI. According to Randall Thompson, the lead health physicist at TMI after the accident (a veteran of the US Navy nuclear submarine program and a self-confessed “nuclear geek”), radiation releases were hundreds if not thousands of times higher.
Some other insiders, including Arnie Gundersen, a former nuclear industry executive turned whistle-blower, concur; Gundersen offers evidence, based on pressure monitoring data, for a hydrogen explosion shortly before 2 p.m. on 28 March 1979, which would have provided the means for a high dose of radiation to occur for residents living downwind of the nuclear power plant.
Gundersen cites affidavits from four reactor operators according to which the plant manager was aware of a dramatic pressure spike, after which the internal pressure dropped to outside pressure. Gundersen also notes that the control room shook and doors were blown off hinges.
However, official NRC reports refer merely to a “hydrogen burn.” The Kemeny Commission referred to “a burn or an explosion that caused pressure to increase by 28 pounds per square inch in the containment building. “
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. (This same scenario may also now be happening at Fukushima.)
NRC and FEMA continued to use extremely low radiation release scenario even after the analysis showed much higher radiation releases happened during the accident. To this day, the regulatory bodies still say no one was killed or harmed by the radiation releases at TMI, despite all of the new evidence showing the opposite.
NRC’s mischaracterization of what was released at TMI continues to this day. For example NRC’s Senior Advisor for Emergency Preparedness Patricia Milligan’s claimed that when giving a lecture at Harvard School of Public Health, Radiological Emergency Planning: Terrorism, Security, and Communication of August 7, 2008, that when emergency plans were initially written NRC/FEMA did not know that there had been a 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. The lessons learned, have not been applied to either TMI or to Fukushima and thus those lessons will also not be applied if and when a nuclear accident happens near you and your family. You should be concerned about this.
In other words, the continued mischaracterization of TMI’s releases is used to justify reducing the area in which emergency planning is necessary. They generally water down response planning and exercise scenarios. (Could this be why there was so much chaos, minimization and miscommunication during the Fukushima crisis, and non action afterwards? The plant operator knew within 8 hours of the tsunami that the plant was in meltdown, but it took many days to weeks before evacuations happened.)
If you would like to find out in detail what happened at TMI, watch the following video series about it.
Perhaps Sir Walter Scott said it best, “Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.” So what effect does the TMI and Fukushima deception have on you and your family?
Bottom line, you cannot count on anyone to tell you specific information you need to protect yourself from harm from the utility, the government, the mass media (most of it owned by GE, a nuclear plant sales organization) and certainly not the regulators, who seem to act more like a marketing agency than someone protecting the public. Even the Emergency Management Agencies that are supposedly neutral, seem to have been coopted, because they promise to provide specific information after an accident, but then never do, at least not in time to make a difference.
Bottom line, you are on your own. You will not get any radiation readings, and if you do get any, you probably cannot trust them, because they will NOT be taken downwind, which is where it really counts. Because all you get is general information, which says nothing, there is no information provided on whether you should evacuate or not, much less which direction to go in.
If you do not have a Geiger Counter, you are at the mercy of these bafflegab merchants who run their organizations like a fiefdom that does not have to tell anyone anything, certainly not in a timely manner, even in event of an emergency.
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