Three Mile Island Nuclear Power Plant Accident
Seventy-two days after Governor Thornburgh took the oath of office as Pennsylvania’s governor in 1979, the Three Mile Island Nuclear power plant accident thrust him into the international spotlight. His calm handling of the situation remains in the national memory as a shining example of crisis control. The story of how he managed the world’s first high-profile commercial nuclear plant failure is preserved in an extensive log he kept of every development decision. The Thornburgh archives also contain all of the original wire service reports on the accident. This record is an excellent resource for environmental historians and emergency management specialists.
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Message from the Governor
The Forum was established at my Law School alma mater, the University of Pittsburgh. In connection with the Dick Thornburgh Papers held by the University's Hillman Library, the Forum reflects my experiences in public life. It is in intended to foster discourse on issues vital to the preservation of our democratic system and the Rule of Law upon which that system depends.
Special thanks are due to Chancellor Mark Nordenberg, who has been unstinting in support of this effort since its inception. In addition, many others have provided time, resources and dedication to this undertaking. Under the direction of Dr. Edward McCord of the University of Pittsburgh Honors College, we are putting our vision into action.