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Three Mile Island 35th Anniversary Symposium: The Past, Present, and Future of Nuclear Energy

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In the early hours of March 28, 1979, a valve problem in Unit 2 of the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant near Middletown, Pa., launched a chain of events that led to a partial meltdown—the worst nuclear accident in American history. Two weeks later, amid widespread anxiety, President Jimmy Carter empaneled a special commission to investigate the accident. He asked then-Dartmouth President John Kemeny to lead it.

A March 28 symposium at Dartmouth marks the 35th anniversary of the accident at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant.

On Friday, March 28, Thayer School of Engineering, the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding, and Stanford’s Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance will hold a one-day event, “Three Mile Island 35th Anniversary Symposium: The Past, Present, and Future of Nuclear Energy.”

Joseph Helble, dean of Thayer, says the symposium will bring together experts from government, industry, and academia, some of whom were involved in the Kemeny commission, to review and discuss the past, present, and future of nuclear energy nationally and internationally.

For more information about the event, read the rest of Bill Platt's article on Darmouth Now.

Hosted by Thayer School of Engineering, the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding, and Stanford’s Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance.

The event is free and open to the public, and will occur in Spanos Auditorium at the Thayer School of Engineering on Friday, March 28th from 8:30 am - 5:15 pm. Click here for the symposium agenda.

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