Decision-making and radiological protection at Three Mile Island: response of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare

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Decision-making by decision-makers during the nuclear accident at Three Mile Island all had to do in some way, and impacted on the public health and safety, the health and safety of the workers, and emergency preparedness and health care. This paper reviews the activities of only one federal agency during the accident, the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW), and its effectiveness in its role as the leading institution responsible for protecting the public health during the first accident in a nuclear power plant designed for the commerical generation of electricity in the United States. My comments are limited ... continued below

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Fabrikant, J.I. February 1, 1982.

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Decision-making by decision-makers during the nuclear accident at Three Mile Island all had to do in some way, and impacted on the public health and safety, the health and safety of the workers, and emergency preparedness and health care. This paper reviews the activities of only one federal agency during the accident, the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW), and its effectiveness in its role as the leading institution responsible for protecting the public health during the first accident in a nuclear power plant designed for the commerical generation of electricity in the United States. My comments are limited to only three acts dealing with radiological health and protection: the struggle for power and assertion of leadership in response to possible health consequences of the accident; the decisions to evacuate the area during the radiological emergency; and the use of potassium iodide as a means of protecting the public and the workers from the hazards of exposure to radioactive iodine released to the environment.

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  • 3. international symposium of the Society for Radiological Protection, Inverness, UK, 6 Jun 1982

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  • Other: DE82008595
  • Report No.: LBL-14021
  • Report No.: CONF-820613-8
  • Grant Number: W-7405-ENG-48
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 5233767
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc1068789

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Fabrikant, J.I. Decision-making and radiological protection at Three Mile Island: response of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, article, February 1, 1982; [Berkeley,] California. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1068789/: accessed August 18, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.