Before the 1979 accident at Pennsylvania's Three Mile Island, few had heard of the nuclear power plant on the Susquehanna River. But the crisis that began 20 years ago in the early morning of March 28 quickly turned the plant and its giant cooling towers into icons in the long national argument over the safety of nuclear energy.
In 1999 the Washington Post produced a special report on the twentieth anniversary of the accident at Three Mile Island. There is a photo gallery and contemporary coverage of the event separated into fourteen chapters, three appendices, and a glossary. There also are links to subsequent articles about the cleanup of the nuclear reactor and the lingering health effects on local residents.
In addition to photos and articles, the website hosts transcrips of online discussions where readers posed questions to the former Pennsylvania governor Richard Thronburgh and to Washington Post energy reporter Martha Hamilton. Individual readers had the opportunity to share their personal story as well, also submitted through the online discussion format.