Tuesday, November 24, 2009

3 Mile Island Leaks, again

LOCAL authorities have defended their decision to delay the disclosure of a radiation leak at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania that forced the removal of 150 workers at the weekend.

About 20 employees were contaminated by radiation
No contamination had been identified outside the reactor building where the leak occurred, and the safety of the local Londonderry community was not endangered.

BUT: Questions have been raised why officials from the local Emergency Management Agency were not notified about the radiation leak for five hours after an airborne radiological contamination alarm sounded at 4pm on Saturday, Pennsylvania time.

This report says the delay was six hours

York County Emergency Management Director Kay Carman said Exelon didn't tell her about the incident until about 10:45 p.m., six hours after the alarm was triggered.

That's about the same time the general public learned what happened from local media outlets.

Confidence inspiring? Not really.

As usual, it was harmless. Or so it is being claimed.

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