Canon-McMillan School District in Washington County, outside Pittsburgh, includes Canonsburg and surrounding areas.

FILE - In this May 22, 2017 file photo shown is the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in Middletown, Pa. With nuclear power plant owners seeking a rescue in Pennsylvania, a number of state lawmakers are signaling that they are willing to help, with conditions.  Giving nuclear power plants what opponents call a bailout could mean a politically risky vote to hike electric bills. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

The Three Mile Island accident and the enduring questions of ties to cancer and deaths

Even the most comprehensive studies have fallen short of drawing conclusive verdicts on the ongoing debate.

By Ivey DeJesus, PennLive

Gov. Tom Wolf visits Taggart Elementary School in South Philadelphia to stump for legislation that would tax natural gas extraction to pay for school improvements.

Workers from Metropolitan Edison's Three Mile Island nuclear plant stand outside visitors center early on March 30, 1979, as two cooling towers from the nuclear plant are visible in the background. Officials at the site declared an

Photos: A look back at the Three Mile Island accident, evacuations, protests and cleanup

These photographs depict scenes from Three Mile Island Nuclear Generating Station in Middletown, Dauphin County, and the surrounding region in the days before and after the partial meltdown at the Unit 2 reactor.

By Lisa Wardle

Lisa Wardle and Marie Cusick play the REACT-OR board game at Dickinson College.

How Three Mile Island and the nuclear industry influenced popular culture

After the accident at Three Mile Island, Dickinson College teacher Lonna Malmsheimer interviewed about 400 residents. One thing she noticed was how many people turned to fiction to make sense of the real-world events around them.

By Lisa Wardle



This is the control room for the Unit 1 reactor at Exelon Corporation Three Mile Island nuclear generating station in Londonderry Township, Dauphin County. 
May 22, 2017.

What will become of Three Mile Island’s nuclear waste if the plant closes?

In the absence of a long-term solution, the country’s nuclear power plants are left with one option: indefinite on-site storage.

By Wallace McKelvey, PennLive


Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale hosted a public hearing on how the state is responding to climate change on Penn State's University Park campus on March 14, 2019. It's the first of three hearings DePasquale plans.

Auditor general on climate change: Each disaster is ‘a hit to the state’s taxpayers’

Eugene DePasquale said he is gathering feedback for a report on how climate change-related issues could affect the state’s finances, and what actions the state can take.

By Min Xian, Keystone Crossroads

Pennsylvania Governor Dick Thornburgh, left, announces the closing of schools in the area around the Three Mile Island PWR, on March 30, 1979, in Harrisburg, Pa., after an accident at the nuclear power plant led to the release of radioactive gas from the reactor into the atmosphere. The governor advised the evacuation of small children and pregnant women. Standing at right is Lt. Gov. William Scranton.

Watch: Gov. Thornburgh speaks two days after Three Mile Island partial meltdown

“We’re getting conflicting reports too,” Gov. Dick Thornburgh said in response to a reporter’s question at a press conference March 30, 1979.

By Lisa Wardle

Three Mile Island power plant.