Wednesday, March 28, 2007
I forgot an anniversary
Today is the 28th anniversary of the accident at Three Mile Island. I was in tenth grade at the time, and remember that all of us were glued to the local news (there was no CNN). A local newsanchor at the time, a guy named Richard Seneca, got a bit of a thrill from the knowledge that Dan Rather was watching him on TV. I wonder what ever happened to Seneca.
My sixth grade class toured Three Mile Island, and a couple of my classmates kept asking the tour guides what would happen if there were an accident. The adults all told us that an accident was impossible.
Maps which depicted how far certain communities where to the island were everywhere, and etched in everyone's memories for quite awhile. We were living just outside Harrisburg, which I believe is within ten miles. Our school district did not close, and we did not leave, but some people did.
Nuclear power would be a great solution, IF the risk of accidents could be completely removed.