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Penn State Harrisburg to mark 40th anniversary of Three Mile Island accident via Penn State News

Forty years ago, on March 28, 1979, there was a partial meltdown of a reactor at the Three Mile Island (TMI) Nuclear Generating Station in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, marking the most serious U.S. commercial nuclear power plant accident to date.

Penn State Harrisburg will hold “TMI 40: Honoring the Community and Legacy of the Accident at Three Mile Island” to commemorate the event in the library Morrison Gallery from 3 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 27.

“The historic Three Mile Island accident is woven into the fabric of the surrounding community,” said Holly Angelique, professor of community psychology and interim director of the School of Behavioral Sciences and Education. “It set a precedent for understanding nuclear risks, security and safety. It also informed research and provided a catalyst for social change.

“This event features many diverse voices and points of view from community members, scholars, a medical researcher, journalist, artist, and a former nuclear industry insider. It features participants from the local community, Gettysburg College, Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Stanford University and Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. This one-day conference marks a very important moment in the history of this community.”

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For additional information, contact Katie Martin at kwm19@psu.edu.   

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