It’s been 30 years

I took the photo above in January 2008, as Hubby and I were driving home from New Year’s festivities in Mount Joy. We were rambling along the river, and I couldn’t miss the chance to capture this iconic York County shot of the cooling towers at Three Mile Island.

Looks peaceful, doesn’t it? But 30 years ago today, it was anything but. That was the day of the near-meltdown at TMI.

In today’s edition, we look at families whose babies were born that day. You can read fellow blogger Amy Gulli’s experiences as a toddler when the event occured. And take a look back at our Remember series, whichi last year highlighted audio and video memories of that day. Then, read about the plant’s plans for the future and see more TMI photos, both past and present.

Looking back – with the perspective of someone whose family was here, but who wasn’t quite born yet – I can see the good and the bad of living in the shadow of TMI. It brings jobs and energy to the area, as well as some pleasant surprises, but always a degree of risk, as those who shared their memories from 1979 can surely attest.

But one thing is for sure. You don’t get much more “Only in York County” than Three Mile Island, especially today.

(2003 photo by Paul Kuehnel)

About Joan

My name is Joan and I'm a lifelong Yorker. Throughout high school and college, I swore I was getting out of here as soon as possible. Now, a few years later, I can't think of anywhere I'd rather be. I love my town, and I hear every day from readers who love their towns, too. So please, connect with me and let's share what makes life in York County great. I'm here to help you enjoy this place as much as I do!
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One Response to It’s been 30 years

  1. Louise says:

    Hi Joni,
    I recall hearing about it and being really scared for our mom and dad and calling them. Some of my friends out there told me they had plans to leave the area as soon as anything happened. I was glad that I was in New Jersey at the time, but lost a good bit of sleep worrying about loved ones back in PA. It seemed like the incident went on for quite a while and I remember hearing that people should buy iodine. Though I don’t remember what they were supposed to do with it. I think it was to keep the thyroid from absorbing radiation or something. If there are any medical pros out there, please clarify.
    Love, Weez
    PS:I had never heard of TMI before this happened.

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