Energy
5:50 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

35 Years After Three Mile Island, Selling Nuclear As Nation's Energy Future

Watts bar nuclear plant, in Rhea County.
Watts bar nuclear plant, in Rhea County.
Credit Tennessee Valley Authority

It didn’t get a lot of attention, but last Friday, March 28, was the 35th anniversary of the nuclear emergency at the Three Mile Island plant near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. That incident, perhaps more so than any other, shaped the way Americans feel about nuclear energy in their communities. Today, former Dallas mayor and U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk is trying to change opinions on nuclear power through his work with the advocacy group CASEnergy. Ambassador Kirk says nuclear power is one of several sources that should be a bigger part of the nation’s energy menu. He spoke with WUOT All Things Considered host Brandon Hollingsworth on March 28.