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(io9)   Remember 35 years ago when we had a partial nuclear meltdown in Pennsylvania? Good times, good times   (observationdeck.io9.com) divider line 124
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2014-03-28 07:19:54 PM
Oh wow. Now I feel very very old.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2014-03-28 07:30:18 PM
When Americans and their reactors go wrong, they make an expensive mess in a reactor building.

When Japanese and their reactors go wrong, they melt down and leak radiation.

When Russians and their reactors go wrong, they blow up and spew radiation.
 
2014-03-28 07:37:14 PM

ZAZ: When Americans and their reactors go wrong, they make an expensive mess in a reactor building.

When Japanese and their reactors go wrong, they melt down and leak radiation.

When Russians and their reactors go wrong, they blow up and spew radiation.


Good lord, I really hope you are not equating Chernobyl and Fukushima with 3 Mile Island...
 
2014-03-28 07:40:28 PM
My exhusband was there; he died of lung cancer a few years ago; coincidence I'm sure.
 
2014-03-28 07:52:42 PM
Again. Go watch Pandora's Promise. It's on Netflix.
 
2014-03-28 07:56:10 PM

enry: Again. Go watch Pandora's Promise. It's on Netflix.


This...
 
2014-03-28 08:06:11 PM
I was in the area at the time.

Granted I wasn't quite two at the time, but it counts.
 
2014-03-28 08:16:13 PM

SilentStrider: I was in the area at the time.

Granted I wasn't quite two at the time, but it counts.


I was 12 and it was scary but the main thing I remember is lots of jokes about Hershey's chocolate that Easter.
 
2014-03-28 08:28:26 PM
That would explain all of my nipples.
 
2014-03-28 08:39:39 PM

ginandbacon: Oh wow. Now I feel very very old.


Right? And I remember the hay the 'No Nukes' crowd made of it, and the movie. Good times!
 
2014-03-28 08:41:29 PM

gopher321: ZAZ: When Americans and their reactors go wrong, they make an expensive mess in a reactor building.

When Japanese and their reactors go wrong, they melt down and leak radiation.

When Russians and their reactors go wrong, they blow up and spew radiation.

Good lord, I really hope you are not equating Chernobyl and Fukushima with 3 Mile Island...


By all means, counsel, distinguish them for us.

/no, really. I'm curious.
 
2014-03-28 08:41:58 PM
I remember a friend of mine (I was maybe eight) wearing a T-shirt with a cartoony drawing of the cooling towers on it with smoke curling up out of them into the word "LIE". We were frankly skeptical of the nuclear industry at that point.
 
2014-03-28 08:44:41 PM
I was 7 and remember it. Some neighborhood families evacuated, but we didn't. I still see it almost daily when I cross the river and my employer actually gives out potassium tabs (I think that's what they are anyway) when you get hired. Fun stuff.
 
2014-03-28 08:45:14 PM
Before anyone brands me an emerald-green crunchy environazi, let me just state that nuclear power would be a perfectly good source of concentrated energy, except we went with the political payoff greasy palms form of building land-based nuke plants instead of the failsafe, safety-first form you'll find on nuclear carriers and submarines.
 
2014-03-28 08:45:36 PM
My God. Love Canal was 35 years ago. Damn I feel old.
 
2014-03-28 08:46:03 PM
Get out of here, Stalker!
 
2014-03-28 08:47:29 PM

theorellior: I remember a friend of mine (I was maybe eight) wearing a T-shirt with a cartoony drawing of the cooling towers on it with smoke curling up out of them into the word "LIE". We were frankly skeptical of the nuclear industry at that point.



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Cooling towers do not work that way!
 
2014-03-28 08:48:56 PM
I recall The China Syndrome was in theaters at the time. The line about contaminating an area the size of Pennsylvania seemed especially apt.

Soon afterward, I found myself in Pennsylvania working at the Limerick power plant.
Good times, indeed!
 
2014-03-28 08:49:12 PM
I was two back then, and we (me, Mom, my baby brother, and Grandma) were shopping in the Colonial Park Mall when a woman came running towards us screaming "Three Mile Island's melting down!  We're all gonna die!"  She then grabbed me away from Mom, yelling "We have to save the children!" and tried to run off with me, but was tackled by my short but wide Grandma before she got too far.

The three of us ended up staying with my grandparents, who kept all doors and windows shut tightly, until we got word that everything was safe, while Dad went about business as usual in Camp Hill.
 
2014-03-28 08:49:51 PM

insertdip: theorellior: I remember a friend of mine (I was maybe eight) wearing a T-shirt with a cartoony drawing of the cooling towers on it with smoke curling up out of them into the word "LIE". We were frankly skeptical of the nuclear industry at that point.




Cooling towers do not work that way!


You'll have to take that up with my friend or the cartoonist who drew the shirt, Morbo. All I know is, the sentiment was perfectly conveyed.
 
2014-03-28 08:50:27 PM
no, I wasn't even a glimmer in my father's testicles.
 
2014-03-28 08:51:20 PM
Wait... Didn't Chernobyl start in the middle of the night/morning? The moon is destroying our plants!
 
2014-03-28 08:51:30 PM
Pepsi syndrome?

/how big is the president?
//obscure?
 
2014-03-28 08:51:36 PM
I was 10 years old at the time, and I still remember the resultant hysteria, especially since we got our news from Philadelphia stations. Looking back, you'd think that the landscape was littered with the rotting corpses of the victims.

In reality, there was not one fatality attributed to this incident. Not one.
 
2014-03-28 08:51:41 PM

KellyKellyKelly: I was two back then, and we (me, Mom, my baby brother, and Grandma) were shopping in the Colonial Park Mall when a woman came running towards us screaming "Three Mile Island's melting down!  We're all gonna die!"  She then grabbed me away from Mom, yelling "We have to save the children!" and tried to run off with me, but was tackled by my short but wide Grandma before she got too far.

The three of us ended up staying with my grandparents, who kept all doors and windows shut tightly, until we got word that everything was safe, while Dad went about business as usual in Camp Hill.


Jesus. O_O
 
2014-03-28 08:51:46 PM

insertdip: theorellior: I remember a friend of mine (I was maybe eight) wearing a T-shirt with a cartoony drawing of the cooling towers on it with smoke curling up out of them into the word "LIE". We were frankly skeptical of the nuclear industry at that point.




Cooling towers do not work that way!


It literally did not matter. I don't thinknuclear is really a good idea, but the way the No Nukes crowd pounced on that shiat and fearmongered was shameful.
 
2014-03-28 08:54:45 PM
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2014-03-28 08:55:15 PM

gopher321: Good lord, I really hope you are not equating Chernobyl and Fukushima with 3 Mile Island...


You may have missed the rather blatant and obvious contrast in the last half of the sentences...
 
2014-03-28 08:55:48 PM

Captain Steroid: KellyKellyKelly: I was two back then, and we (me, Mom, my baby brother, and Grandma) were shopping in the Colonial Park Mall when a woman came running towards us screaming "Three Mile Island's melting down!  We're all gonna die!"  She then grabbed me away from Mom, yelling "We have to save the children!" and tried to run off with me, but was tackled by my short but wide Grandma before she got too far.

The three of us ended up staying with my grandparents, who kept all doors and windows shut tightly, until we got word that everything was safe, while Dad went about business as usual in Camp Hill.

Jesus. O_O


*shrugs*  It's Central PA.  People are just insane there in general.

/living proof
 
2014-03-28 08:58:01 PM
Pepsi syndrome?

/how big is the president?
//obscure?


On Fark? Neutron, please..

/Paging Rodney Dangerfield...
 
2014-03-28 09:00:01 PM
I was in college at the time and we had regular presentations by visiting "energy experts" extolling the benefits of nuclear power. They would explain how it was perfectly safe with no chance of accident due to the most perfect engineering ever. Every one of them was a government employee.

After this fiasco they never showed up again.
 
2014-03-28 09:01:10 PM
My third head remembers.
 
2014-03-28 09:02:17 PM

MFAWG: ginandbacon: Oh wow. Now I feel very very old.

Right? And I remember the hay the 'No Nukes' crowd made of it, and the movie. Good times!


Oh yeah. The principal of my school got himself arrested demonstrating (Quaker school, lots of protesting and hiding Nicaraguans.) My mother and little brother went off to Seabrook for a protest. (They didn't get arrested.) But my best friend's father was a nuclear engineer and he very patiently explained that nuclear is really pretty safe and much cleaner that fossil fuels so I stayed home.

That might have been my first act of teenage rebellion...
 
2014-03-28 09:02:26 PM
"remember"? no... i'm 32.

more interesting in PA is that town that's been on top of that burning coal mine for however many years.
 
2014-03-28 09:02:58 PM

theorellior: Before anyone brands me an emerald-green crunchy environazi, let me just state that nuclear power would be a perfectly good source of concentrated energy, except we went with the political payoff greasy palms form of building land-based nuke plants instead of the failsafe, safety-first form you'll find on nuclear carriers and submarines.


And no one wants to build the kind you can't use for enrichment... just in case.
 
2014-03-28 09:05:24 PM

JoieD'Zen: My exhusband was there; he died of lung cancer a few years ago; coincidence I'm sure.


I'm sorry for your loss, but the cigarette smoke in the employee break room (it was the '70s!) probably was a bigger contributing factor than the accident.
 
2014-03-28 09:06:24 PM
I had my thyroid removed 3 years ago.  My best friend is being killed by her thyroid cancer.  We were 7 when it happened.  The cancer rates are significantly higher there.  You could see the towers from my mother's back yard in the fall.

The Facebook page for locals that want to compare notes is years of cancer and other issues that could be radiation related.
 
2014-03-28 09:07:15 PM
TMI, subby.
TMI.
 
2014-03-28 09:07:21 PM

dv-ous: JoieD'Zen: My exhusband was there; he died of lung cancer a few years ago; coincidence I'm sure.

I'm sorry for your loss, but the cigarette smoke in the employee break room (it was the '70s!) probably was a bigger contributing factor than the accident.


yup. that or the asbestos insulation
 
2014-03-28 09:10:59 PM
My great-uncle was sent there as an observer. He said overall the event was pretty overblown.
 
2014-03-28 09:12:02 PM
Clearly the solution is to rely on coal fired plants to continuously pollute our planet
 
2014-03-28 09:12:06 PM
"Remember... you can't put too much water in a nuclear reactor."
 
2014-03-28 09:13:09 PM
I was 23 at the time. Being a little over 200miles away from the sight, we were joking at work that soon we could cook with the lights out because the food would be glowing bright enough.
 
2014-03-28 09:13:54 PM
It produced a lot of 34 year old vegetables too apparently.
 
2014-03-28 09:14:37 PM

New Age Redneck: Pepsi syndrome?

/how big is the president?
//obscure?


He's so big he could have an affair with the Lincoln Tunnel!
 
2014-03-28 09:15:27 PM

MFAWG: ginandbacon: Oh wow. Now I feel very very old.

Right? And I remember the hay the 'No Nukes' crowd made of it, and the movie. Good times!


Except that the movie came out before the Three Mile Island incident.  I remember Newsweek bashing that movie for making people nervous about nuclear energy, saying that American power plants were so safe no Chine Syndrome incident would ever happen.  A week after that issue came out we had the Three Mile Island incident.  Rel Karma there.
 
2014-03-28 09:22:24 PM

Summoner101: Clearly the solution is to rely on coal fired plants to continuously pollute our planet


I hope I get to be coal someday
 
2014-03-28 09:23:58 PM

The_Original_Roxtar: "remember"? no... i'm 32.

more interesting in PA is that town that's been on top of that burning coal mine for however many years.


until you actually go there and it's just an old road and some smoke coming out of the ground. honestly the ride out there is more interesting.
 
2014-03-28 09:25:19 PM

Robin Hoodie: Summoner101: Clearly the solution is to rely on coal fired plants to continuously pollute our planet

I hope I get to be coal someday


Virginia claims that coal is clean. If Obama is trying to get rid of coal energy, it must be true!
 
2014-03-28 09:26:21 PM
Since Unit 1 is still operating and got its license renewed, they won't finish cleaning up Unit 2 (the melty one) for another 20 years when they decommission the site.
 
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