The Madeleine Brand Show for March 28, 2011

Questions about nuclear safety linger more than 30 yrs after Three Mile Island accident

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The Exelon Byron Nuclear Generating Stations in Byron, Illinois is the nation's largest operator of commercial nuclear power plants and third largest in the world.

On March 28, 1979 there was a partial meltdown at a nuclear plant in Harrisburg Pennsylvania. No one was ultimately injured and there have been no long-term ill effects from the accident, but it set off a panic that slowed and in many cases stopped the further development of nuclear power in the U.S. Mike Gray joins us with more on the fallout. He covered the Three Mile Island accident for Rolling Stone and wrote a book about it called, The Warning. He also wrote the original screenplay for the film The China Syndrome about an accident at a nuclear power plant.

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