Residents around Three Mile Island were exposed to much more radiation from the nuclear disaster than was claimed by officials, a fact that was kept from researchers and the public for years. After the Three Mile Island reactor core melted and radioactivity was released to the surrounding population, researchers were not allowed to investigate health impacts of higher doses because the TMI Public Health Fund, established to pay for public health research related to the disaster, was under a research gag order issued by a court. If a researcher wanted to conduct a study using money from this Fund, they had to obey two main parameters set forth by Federal Judge Sylvia Rambo, who was in charge of the Fund.
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This week marks the 40th anniversary of the accident at Three Mile Island. The partial meltdown at TMI took place on March 28, 1979 and it remains the nation’s worst nuclear accident. And it left an indelible mark on Pennsylvania. Today, the plant is slated to be shut down, although lawmakers are working on solutions to keep the plant open. This month, PennLive and WITF have collaborated on stories examining the accident’s impact, the efforts to save TMI and what happens if the plant shuts down. Both news organizations have produced stories, photo galleries, videos, radio programs and podcasts exploring this signature event in Pennsylvania’s history.
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