Primary Source Report – DW

New York Times

Title: Pennsylvania’s Governor Says Area Is Now Safe for Pregnant Women


Date: April 10, 1979

Page: N.P

This article in the New York Times discusses both Harold R. Denton of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Dick Thornburgh, the Pennsylvania Governor declaration that the area was secure for young children and the pregnant women after the Three Mile Island crisis was over.  The author notes that even though the radiation in an area within a five-mile radius was still above average. The governor declared that the schools were also re-opening. The author also gives the reader statistics regarding the average radiations an American is exposed to each year. This article is useful in that it brings in the politicians/leaders views regarding the incidence and its safety. It is also essential in that it will assist in analyzing how the media portrayed the Three Mile Island power plant incident.  Moreover, it will help in analyzing how the government was involved in helping the pregnant women, young children, as well as the whole Pennsylvanian community, recuperate at the same time preventing the risks to radiation.

Source 3: New York Times



Date: May 15, 1982

Page: N.P

This United Press International’s article looks at how a court ruling halted the restarting of the undamaged nuclear reactor at the TMI site. The court ordered that the government must first assess the “psychological stress” on the residents who had expressed suffering from tension and fear, intense anxiety, as well as physical symptoms. The nuclear regulatory commission required to review for the first time its operations and the psychological effects on the public. According to the author, this ruling could have an influence on the commissions licensing of its operations around the USA. This article is essential because of the fact that the commission actions were observed to be directly related to public health and safety. Although no life was lost during the incident nuclear reactors should be evaluated because they can cause both the physical, psychological harms in addition to harming the plants within the areas where they are established.

Source 4: New York Times

Title: Infant Deaths Lower At Three Mile Island

Author: NA

Date: May 20, 1980

Page: 5

This New York Times article was posted on May 20, 1980, giving the figures regarding the infant mortality rate for the past year, 1979 when the TMI Power Plant incident had occurred. The author notes that there were lower death rates among children around the TMI nuclear power plant compared to the rest of Pennsylvania. This report was the opposite of precisely what was expected following the accident. In most people’s mind, the mortality rates among the infant within the 10-mile radius of the TMI plant must be high thanks to the expected radiations. This article is essential because it helps to analyze how the media state departments were dealing with the potential dangers of nuclear radiation among the neighborhood. It is also important in analyzing how the media was involved in covering the accident and its effect on the Pennsylvanian community.