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Three Mile Island

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. 

Listed below are videos and weblinks that provide additional information about Gov. Thornburgh and Three Mile Island.

PBS:  The American Experience - Meltdown At Three Mile Island (videos no longer available)

TMI. 36 years ago.  The Patriot News.
TMI news release - The Daily Beast
Meltdown at TMI - YouTube (video no longer available)
TMI - World Nuclear Association
TMI - U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Three Mile Island - National Journal