03/28/2005: MARCH 28: ANNIVERSARY OF A NEAR DISASTER
"One of the most frightening industrial accidents in the U.S. occurred on this day in 1979. It was 4 a.m. at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant on the Susquehanna River, south of Harrisburg, Pa. A cascading chain of events started when someone mistakenly cross- connected air and water lines in the plant's number 2 reactor. Before the crisis was over, the plant came close to a hydrogen gas explosion and a meltdown of its uranium core, which would have caused extensive radiation contamination. The incident sparked a large-scale review of how nuclear power plants were built and operated. Today, there are 104 such generating plants across the country, producing one-fifth of the country's electricity. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau on the Web at http://www.census.gov."
Courtesy of US News Wire
Karen on 03.28.05 @ 09:25 AM CST