Women relate their Three Mile Island ordeal


On this week’s Nuclear Hotseat, host Libbe HaLevy interviews Heidi Hutner, director of the new documentary film, Radioactive: The Women of Three Mile Island. The film tells the story of the 1979 accident and how it affected four mothers from the community. Writes HaLevy: “It includes scientific information but the emphasis is on the human side of the story – the part that the nuclear industry leaves out as it cites statistics and spews false assurances of safety. It’s a calm, understated, and ultimately devastating film that is already having an impact on those who have seen it.  So it was with special interest that I set up an interview with the woman behind the film.”

The film also reveals how much control the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has over the fate of a community and its environment, and how captured the agency was then — and still is — by the nuclear industry, which it serves slavishly, over and above the needs and interests of the communities it is supposed to protect.  The film is currently making the rounds of the festival circuit and is not yet available to stream.

And in this week’s Hot Story, Linda Pentz Gunter notes that the latest IPCC report, which the authors call their “final warning”, does not include nuclear power anywhere as an option with which to address the climate crisis.


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