Three Mile Island - A Personal Report

Hudson, James R.
May 1979
Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare;May1979, Vol. 6 Issue 3, p288
Academic Journal
In this article, the author presents information on his experiences at the Pennsylvania State University. On his first day of the spring term at the university, he had joined a car pool and as they drove from Lancaster to Middletown the conversation centered on the news from Three Mile Island, Pennsylvania. Two of the riders were active in anti-nuclear energy organizations. They were grim and intense. Their central concern at the moment was how to mobilize the campus in some way to respond to the potential hazard. On the one hand, there were those who saw Three Mile Island as a clinical problem. What all should do was mobilize resources and use this as an opportunity for investigating a number of important economic, political and social issues as detached scientists. The author and his colleagues were involved in a marvelous natural experiment. On the other hand, there was the call for serious social action. The campus should become the center for all those concerned by the inherent hazards of nuclear power. They should pull together as quickly as possible those who understood the implications of what was happening. Again it was seen as an opportunity. An opportunity to obtain, finally, some true answers to the questions raised about nuclear power plants.


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