“People were just told to head north west……..but that was exactly the same direction the radiation cloud was moving. Some people were evacuated to an area where the radiation was even higher than here.”
Numerous reports were published by Three Mile Island Public Health Fund after the nuclear accident on March 28, 1979. Recommendations were made on emergency management, improvements in off-site monitoring, communications, and more.
On April 26, 1986 Chernobyl presented another opportunity to learn about managing a nuclear emergency.
Why do these things happen in the Springtime, I wonder?
On March 11 2011, in Japan – as the Sakura blossoms were forming – a natural disaster set the stage for an event that will cost billions of yen to mitigate. Many mistakes from the past were repeated in handling the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear emergency. Rupert Wingfield-Hayes asks what we can learn in this article.
On a related note, remember the Kemeny Commission – that Blue Ribbon Panel created after the TMI event – at the request of President Jimmy Carter? President Carter was a Nuclear Engineer himself FYI. Hereʻs the full report. I know these things are old but they seem important. Kind of like those ancient stone pillars in Japan that say “Donʻt build anything below here.” Does anyone besides me read them?