Radiation detected at Three Mile Island; site of '79 partial meltdown

Radiation at Three Mile

November 22, 2009 19:00

A small amount of radiation was detected in a reactor building at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in central Pennsylvania on Sunday. Officials say there is no public health risk. About 150 employees were sent home after the radiation was detected. Exelon Nuclear spokeswoman Beth Archer said investigators were searching for the cause. She said the radiation was quickly contained. Radiological surveys showed the contamination was confined to surfaces inside the building. A partial meltdown occurred in Three Mile Island's Unit 2 reactor in March 1979.

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