"'Alberto Grimaldi flew out to our Three Mile Island site this morning - wooing a group of Germans."
View of Three Mile Island Power Plant. It never operated again after the accident.
Public Domain View of Three Mile Island Power Plant, site of the worst commercial nuclear power plant accident in American history.  Credit: Public Health Image Library 

A satisfying instance of dramatic irony, at least for those who know anything about the history of nuclear power. The Three Mile Island nuclear power station, based south of Pennsylvania in the US, was the site of a major nuclear accident in 1979 when a mechanical failure caused substantial amounts of reactor coolant to escape. Although the official scientific release indicated that no adverse effects would be suffered by those close to the plant, other studies have indicated otherwise. The accident played a large role in bolstering support for anti-nuclear campaign organizations and in slowing down the growth of the nuclear power industry in the U.S. throughout the 80's and 90's.  

 Press Scrum: President Jimmy Carter inspects the scene of the accident at Three Mile Island
Public DomainPress Scrum: President Jimmy Carter inspects the scene of the accident at Three Mile Island - Credit: President's Commission on the Accident at Three Mile Island