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September 20, 2012

It's Totally Ridiculous To Say It's 1979 All Over Again*
*Oh, but, fyi and btw, Three Mile Island Just Shut Down "Unexpectedly"

Unexpectedly.

I've rather come to expect the unexpected under TFG, and not in a good way.

A reactor at Three Mile Island, the site of the nationís worst nuclear accident, shut down unexpectedly on Thursday afternoon when a coolant pump tripped and steam was released, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission told NBC News.

The system tripped when "the pump stopped operating and created a power/flow imbalance," said NRC spokesman Neil Sheehan.

The plant responded as designed and is stable with no impact on public health or safety, added NRC spokeswoman Diane Screnci.

If any radiation was in the released steam, Screnci said, it would be below detectable levels.

By the way, I'm pretty damn sure that in the original Three Mile Island event they said the steam posed no significant health problems at first, too.

Nothing like 1979 -- just some steam released from a nuclear reactor. Nothing like 1979 at all.


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