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Old 02-03-2015, 06:25 AM
 
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How do people in the area feel about 3 mile island? Is it still a concern in the back of peoples minds or does nobody think about it? And since nuclear power has gotten a bad rap since a few incidents, does the power plant keep people and businesses out of the area?
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Old 02-03-2015, 06:54 AM
 
Location: Maryland
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It didn't keep me from moving to Dauphin County, but I will admit I thought about it occasionally. My concern was any material still getting into the water supply. To be really honest about it, I was more concerned about pipelines in the area more so than Three Mile Island itself. The Power Plant is included in the infrastructure issues I had with the state but not so much as a stand alone concern.

I would be more concerned about the older apartments and houses having asbestos and mold issues than I would the Power Plant.
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Old 02-03-2015, 08:46 AM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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How do people in the area feel about 3 mile island? Is it still a concern in the back of peoples minds or does nobody think about it? And since nuclear power has gotten a bad rap since a few incidents, does the power plant keep people and businesses out of the area?
No it's still not a concern. Greenpeace and other groups greatly exaggerate what actually happened at 3 mile island. No people from the area really don't think about it. Plenty of other things to worry about then 3 mile Island. No the people and business generally aren't concerned about 3 mile island. Someone new to the area who heard about 3 mile island might be leery of 3 mile island since they hard stories with the vast majority of them being overblown. After they live in the area for a while they don't even think about it. As far as nuclear power goes everyone I met from the area is either very pro nuclear or not against it. That says a lot about nuclear power with people in the area of the biggest nuclear reactor incident in the nation still supporting nuclear power.
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Old 02-03-2015, 05:20 PM
 
Location: West York
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The only time I think about it is when I visit my friends house, because they have a direct view of the 3 stacks. And even then its not negative, its actually a very pretty view.
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Old 02-03-2015, 05:33 PM
 
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TMI doesn't have any stacks. Cooling towers, yes... stacks, no. You're confusing the Brunner Island coal plant with Three Mile Island. Personally, I would worry more about the coal plant emissions than the nuclear plant.
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Old 02-03-2015, 08:17 PM
 
Location: Silver Spring, MD/Washington DC
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When I lived in the Harrisburg area (mid-2000 to early 2008), the primary time I thought about TMI, besides the times I drove by it or rode the Amtrak Keystone trains by it, was on 9/11/01 when I was concerned Flight 93's target was Three Mile Island and not the U.S. Capitol. Besides those times, I rarely thought about it.
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Old 02-03-2015, 08:37 PM
 
Location: West York
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TMI doesn't have any stacks. Cooling towers, yes... stacks, no. You're confusing the Brunner Island coal plant with Three Mile Island. Personally, I would worry more about the coal plant emissions than the nuclear plant.
I'm not confusing it with Brunner Island, I just called the cooling towers "stacks". My bad.
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Old 02-04-2015, 09:46 PM
 
Location: Nescopeck, Penna. (birthplace)
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Back in 1978, the news media actually were caught encouraging people to leave nearby streets in order to propagate the image of threatened citizenry.

The treatment of all scientific, technical and entrepreneurial stories by a biased media is a disgrace; those o us who've lived closer to the real industry (as I have for 32 years) are fed up with the distortion, hype, and outright misrepresentation.
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Old 02-05-2015, 06:46 AM
 
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^ so you're saying there are no concerns about cancer or other side effects from the incident as well as today? and it was all just media hype?
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Old 02-05-2015, 03:25 PM
 
Location: Nescopeck, Penna. (birthplace)
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^ so you're saying there are no concerns about cancer or other side effects from the incident as well as today? and it was all just media hype?
If you want absolute security, I used to sell something like it -- ten feet long, three feet wide, and six feet deep. We all take risks from the day we are born, and there's no guarantee that Big Brother, more responsive to the worries of overgrown and overindulged children, won't mess things up either.

We all have insecurities -- I resent the sense of complete powerlessness that commercial air travel involves, for example. But I don't go whining to two-faced politicians when I don't get things my way.
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