Fallout at Three Mile Island

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In the early morning hours of 28 March 1979, operational problems developed in the Three Mile Island Nuclear Station located a few miles south of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. During the next 5 days, some radionuclides entered the atmosphere either as contaminants of intentional releases of steam and gases designed to lower pressure in the containment vessel or, rarely, as accidental releases. On 12 May 1979, a report on the magnitude of the attendant radiation exposure to the public during the period from 28 March through 7 April 1979 was released by the Ad Hoc Population Dose Assessment Group formed by the

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