Lessons learned from Three Mile Island nuclear disaster

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The 1979 meltdown at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant was the worst nuclear accident in U.S. history. Surveys show that residents returned to the area, but with caution.

CCTV’s Jessica Stone reports from Pennsylvania.

Lessons learned from Three Mile Island nuclear disaster

40 years after the devastating Three Mile Island nuclear accident, surveys have found people have returned to the location, but with extreme caution. CCTV's Jessica Stone reports from Pennsylvania. Residents living near Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, where the 1979 meltdown occurred, said they are trying to better prepare for any future nuclear accident after the devastating event four decades ago.

Residents living in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, where the 1979 meltdown occurred, said they are trying to better prepare for any future nuclear accident after the devastating event four decades ago.

Jessica Stone outside of Three Mile Island

Jessica Stone visits the area outside of Three Mile Island in Pennslyvania.

They have seen the impact the accident had on their community. Many still suspect the meltdown is connected to elevated cancer cases in the region. They were painfully aware of how poorly they prepared for the original meltdown.

Towns like Middletown, Pennsylvania now drill twice a year on their emergency evacuation plans, so they’ll know what to do if there’s a problem again at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant.

TMI-Alert’s Eric Epstein on how they monitor radiation

Eric Epstein, Chairman of nonprofit group TMI-Alert, Inc. shows the monitoring equipment he uses to track radiation outside Three Mile Island.

TMI-Alert's Eric Epstein on how they monitor radiation

Eric Epstein, Chairman of nonprofit group TMI-Alert, Inc. shows the monitoring equipment he uses to track radiation outside Three Mile Island.

Three Mile Island processes revamped to prevent another disaster

Jessica Stone visits the Exelon training center at Three Mile Island.

Three Mile Island processes revamped to prevent another disaster

Jessica Stone visits the Excelon training center at Three Mile Island.

The view inside the Exelon Three Mile Island Training Center in Pennslyvania: