Three Mile Island press conference, 1979

Three Mile Island press conference, 1979

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Caption: Three Mile Island press conference. At left (facing the press cameras) is US nuclear administrator Harold R. Denton (born 1936) in his role as Director of the Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation at the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (USNRC). He is briefing the press on 31 March 1979 at the Middletown Borough Hall, Middletown, Pennsylvania, USA. Three Mile Island (TMI) nuclear power station is located near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA. An accident at TMI Unit 2 on 28 March 1979 led to a nuclear incident. A loss of reactor cooling water resulted in the exposure of fuel rods, some of which melted, burned through the reactor chamber lining and sank to the floor of the reactor building. The clean-up operation took 14 years.

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