After the Three Mile Island nuclear reactor meltdown in Pennsylvania in 1979, regulators moved to overhaul safety requirements for nuclear power plants.Now, Carnegie Mellon assistant professor of economics and public policy Edson Severnini says those closures may have caused reduced birth weight in children in the area at the time, due to pollution exposure from the increased reliance on coal-burning power plants.The sudden removal of nuclear power, which doesn’t emit any greenhouse gases, led to a ramp-up in the amount of power being provided by nearby coal plants, Severnini wrote.At the same time, average birth weight for infants declined 134 grams.Birth weight is a strong indicator of the health of a baby, and low birth weights can suggest a host of health issues in the future, including lower IQ and earlier mortality, particularly from cardiovascular complications.The author concedes that the exact biological mechanism that causes pollution to contribute to low birth weight is still under investigation, but other studies have found that there is a link between the two.
On Wednesday, power company Exelon said that it would be closing the single reactor that it operates on Three Mile Island by September 30.Three Mile Island (TMI) is notorious for its role as the site of the United States' first commercial power plant accident in 1979.The Nuclear Regulatory Commission was not able to correlate the accident to any deaths or ill health effects in the Middletown, Pennsylvania, area, but the threat galvanized environmentalists against nuclear power and led to sweeping regulatory reforms in throughout the nation.TMI-1, the 819 megawatt (MW) reactor that Exelon owns, was not affected by the 1979 accident.Exelon's Wednesday statement placed the blame for the reactor's impending shutdown at the feet of Pennsylvania legislators."With only three legislative session days remaining in May and no action taken to advance House Bill 11 or Senate Bill 510, it is clear a state policy solution will not be enacted before June 1, in time to reverse the premature retirement of the plant," Exelon wrote in its Wednesday statement.
And despite being equipped with every tool he could possibly need, it’s the brilliant Penny, a completely boring noncyborg, who saves the day every time.Gadget has seemingly unlimited physical resources at his disposal, but cannot use them to save his life (literally).It is in scenes like this that I think of two things: Three Mile Island and butter production in Bangladesh.At first, Leinweber wasn’t even going to publish the work, he simply thought it was a funny trick.She is, in fact, a brilliant inventor in her own right.In many episodes she builds and deploys devices to help solve the case—a radar system, a long-range camera, a smart watch.
On March 28, 1979, almost a decade before the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, a nuclear reactor at Three Mile Island experienced a partial meltdown.On that day, a combination of malfunctions and human error unleashed radioactive gases into the environment around the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania.The Three Mile Island partial meltdown was not as damaging as the nuclear crises at Chernobyl or Fukushima: Nobody died because of the accident, but 2 million people were exposed to small amounts of radiation, and 140,000 people evacuated the area.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Early on March 28, 1979, a combination of electrical and mechanical malfunctions, as well as human error, unleashed dangerous radioactive gases into the environment around the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania.The plant sits on Three Mile Island in Susquehanna River.
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