July 11, 1987 |
The operator of the damaged Three Mile Island nuclear plant disclosed yesterday that it was investigating allegations that a shift supervisor had slept on the job. Gordon Tomb, a spokesman for GPU Nuclear Corp., the operator of the plant, refused to say when the company first learned of the allegations. Tomb said that the shift supervisor, whose name was witheld, had been relieved of regular duties while the company was conducting an investigation, but remained on the payroll. Karl Abraham, a spokesman for the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission, said similar allegations of sleeping on the job had been made on two or three earlier occasions against the same supervisor and had been found by the company to be without merit.
August 7, 1986 |
A federal judge has barred operators of Three Mile Island, scene of the nation's worst nuclear accident, from random alcohol and drug testing of 450 union employees until an arbitrator determines if such tests are permissible. U.S. District Judge Daniel H. Huyett 3rd issued a preliminary injunction against the proposed random testing, which was to start Sept. 1, after a hearing yesterday in Philadelphia. While the injunction protects only about 450 union employees, a spokesman for GPU Nuclear, operator of TMI, said it is unclear whether as a result of Huyett's ruling the company will delay random testing of all 2,500 GPU Nuclear employees.
May 30, 1986 |
The accident at Three Mile Island has added nearly $130 billion to the cost of nuclear electricity in the United States, a nuclear economist said yesterday Charles Komanoff, director of Komanoff Energy Associates in New York City, said the overall cost of the 1979 accident amounts to about $500 for each person in the United States. Komanoff's estimates are based on the period from March 28, 1979, when the accident at Unit 2 occurred, through 1992. His estimates, which take inflation into account, were presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Philadelphia.
February 11, 1992 |
Personnel errors at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant have contributed to a decline in plant performance, according to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's latest inspection. Most of the mistakes occurred while the plant was shut down for maintenance and refueling and did not pose a threat to the health and safety of the public or to plant workers, Francis I. "Skip" Young, the NRC's senior resident inspector at TMI, said yesterday. "Performance was good while the plant was operating," said Young.
September 21, 2012 |
MIDDLETOWN, Pa. - For the second time in two months, the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant has had an automatic shutdown. Plant officials say that the shutdown occurred at 2:20 p.m. Thursday and that the release of steam made a loud noise that nearby residents heard. Operators are trying to determine the cause. Exelon Generation spokesman Ralph DeSantis said a similar shutdown occurred Aug. 22. He said that there was no threat to public health or safety and that the shutdown did not interrupt electrical service.
October 10, 1986 |
An arbitrator has ruled that operators of the Three Mile Island nuclear plant can't test employees for alcohol and drugs unless they have "reasonable grounds" for suspicion. Random testing of 450 union employees had been scheduled for Sept. 1 because management said it was necessary to root out drug abuse at the scene of the nation's worst commercial nuclear accident. The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, contending the tests were an invasion of privacy, had obtained an injunction blocking the drug tests pending an arbitrator's ruling.
May 29, 1991 |
Cancer rates went up among residents living closest to the Three Mile Island nuclear plant several years after the 1979 accident there, but a new study says that stress, not radiation exposure, may have caused the increase. Researchers report in the June issue of the American Journal of Public Health that stress resulting from the near-meltdown of the Unit 2 reactor may have triggered "a small wave of excess cancers" in 1982 among people living within about 3 1/2 miles of the plant.
July 25, 1986
In a report strikingly reminiscent of one issued in the United States nearly seven years ago, Soviet officials have determined that the April accident at the Chernobyl nuclear reactor was the result of human errors rather than mechanical malfunctions. The official statement, released last week by the Politburo, provided the most information about the accident to date. The massive release of radiation caused by the explosion and fire in the reactor - which has claimed the lives of 28 people, displaced 80,000 Soviet citizens, caused $2.8 billion in damages and spewed radioactive emissions that winds wafted around the globe - was caused by "a series of gross breaches" of rules by reactor operators.
January 27, 1988 |
Monitoring equipment used at Three Mile Island may be unable to accurately detect radioactivity and could hamper emergency relief efforts if there were another accident at the nuclear reactor, a new study has reported. The 500-page report by the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research, affiliated with West Germany's Heidelberg University, was the second major study released this month that determined the nuclear plant's radiation monitoring system was insufficient, despite improvements made after the accident on March 28, 1979.
October 1, 1986 |
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission fined the operator of the Three Mile Island nuclear plant $40,000 yesterday for a "serious" violation of NRC procedures in the cleanup of the crippled Unit 2 reactor. GPU Nuclear, the operator of the TMI complex, said it would pay the fine. In a letter to the company, James Taylor, director of the NRC's Office of Inspection and Enforcement, said GPU Nuclear violated procedures involving the main brakes of a massive crane, known as the polar crane, used to lift heavy weights inside the Unit 2 reactor building.