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The ill-effects of TMI linger almost 40 years later: Reader View

Posted 3/22/17

I find it interesting that an article about Three Mile Island, 38 years later, was on the front page of the March 5 Sunday Patriot-News. Then on the front page of the Opinion section of the …

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The ill-effects of TMI linger almost 40 years later: Reader View

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I find it interesting that an article about Three Mile Island, 38 years later, was on the front page of the March 5 Sunday Patriot-News. Then on the front page of the Opinion section of the Patriot-News that day were quotes, the first being “A Free Press — Armor of the Republic” with two articles, “Motto returns to place of honor” and “Journalists are just like you.”
It’s ironic. I still need to read the articles, but know we didn’t ask for a voice in nuclear power. TMI was thrust upon us.
I am also moved by another quote. “The process of healing also needs to include the pursuit of truth, not for the sake of opening old wounds, but rather as a necessary means of promoting justice, healing and unity.” That was said by Pope Francis on Jan. 13, 2015.
Life sure does have its twists and turns, its ups and downs.
Have you read the articles “Investigation: Revelations about Three Mile Island disaster raise doubts over nuclear plant safety,” from April 2, 2009, by Sue Sturgis? Or “Health Studies-Three Mile Island Alert”? I hope you can.
We didn’t have social media back then. My phone cord had to reach from the wall to my kitchen counter and into the living room with the ability for a three-way talk!
I have 38 years of papers in boxes of life and TMI. The article in “Facing South” by Sturgis and the Three Mile Island alert were a read through memory lane.
We were lied to and the arrogance in the industry and government promotion of nuclear energy made them blind and deaf to the reality of our truth. Not to mention the fact nuclear waste is part of the energy source still in need of secure long term storage! “Atoms for peace” … not.
For the sake of children together we can pray and act to help raise the conscience of decision-makers to explore beyond energy development for the solutions to the consequences of error that lead to public, worker and environmental health risks and the loss of life.
I remember the overflowing Liberty Fire House meeting with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Marching to the island protesting the venting and my 11-year-old son carrying his sign “Even Superman hates Krypton.” Going with PANE, People Against Nuclear Energy in Middletown, to the Supreme Court when the psychological stress contention case was heard. Opposing the restart of Unit 1 at TMI.
We lived with the nation’s worst commercial nuclear accident in Unit 2, which had its radiation releases and the molten core sitting on the same island, but that was not discussed in the case. Absurd! It was as if Unit 2 was at the North Pole!
Protesting, marching, picketing, meetings, trips to D.C., rallies on the Capitol steps, petitioning the government for a redress of grievances; even being arrested. I believed the restart of Unit 1 was of much greater harm than my action. Respect for life, human dignity and the integrity of our environment had been swept under a rug. Humanity was denied recognition.
History shows the past and present unexpected nuclear energy events demonstrate the need to pursue environmental justice and that energy support groups should acknowledge the universal needs, rights and responsibility to protect the people and the environment.
I believe the general stewardship for the common good can seek a safe, secure energy supply for global life. I am thankful to God. Together “We, the people” and our republic, local, state and federal elected officials all said no restart.
Democracy worked. However, bureaucracy, power, special interests and money succeeded. God’s word gives, teaches, enables, supports and comforts. I am feeling sorrow, joy, compassion and respect reading the Facebook Three Mile Island Survivors testimonials, Chernobyl and Fukushima news articles and the script “Meltdown, Based on True Events.”
We had no proof, only love, common sense, our truthful experience and gut feelings. Knowing not to worry and trust God; we can pray and work in our state of life, for the health and safety of children, citizens, workers and the environment.
Loving God through Jesus Christ, learning to forgive, I was inspired years ago and wrote: “Shattered by injustice, God calls us to his light. Faith, hope, love, trust, fear not, be just, thanks, praise, pray, work, growing flowers blooming spring.”
I am nothing before God. He is everything, making me believe together we can. Lenten blessings to all in the peace of Christ.

Linda Braasch
Middletown

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