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within a 16-mile radius of the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant southeast of Harrisburg, after a valve broke about 4 a.m. in a cooling system of the reactor. The interior of the plant was also contaminated. The article also reveals that there was a descrepency on who has the correct information on the accident: The situation is more complex than the company first led us too believe, said Lt. Gov. William W. Scranton at a news briefing in Harrisburg. Metropolitan has given you (the news media) and us (the state) conflicting information. They also inform the readers of prior problems at the power plant: Reports filed with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission indicate a histiry of problems with both prior to start-up and afterward. The unit was shut about five months last-year during its resting phase for various modifications, according to federal officials. The Inquirer s next day issue provided a clearer account of what happened inth island. The articles also revealed what the nation felt about the present situation and how it affects the government s standpoint the safety of nuclear energy. An article by staff writer Ray Holton and William Ecenbarger tells us the opinions of the residents near to Three Mile Island. Many residents felt that the plant has brought many jobs to their community. Others feel it has brought them many loses. We lost two 300-pound steers, said one of the people they interviewed. There are two different sides shown by the local farmers: Farmers have reported strange happenings among livestock and wildlife. Enviromentalist have criticized the plant as poorly designed. And in one instance, the plant s security was breached a boatman who wandered in. Mrs. Kauffamn, who helps her husband operate a small farm, said she was concerned about her own safety, but not enough to move. if the good Lord means for me to go that way, she said, that s the way I m going to go. I m not letting the electric company scare me out of a home. More of the article explains that many of the residents have unexplained deaths of their pets and farm animals. Last year I lost twelve dogs, said Paul Holowka, who raised Brittany spaniels at the time. They died of cancer. That never used to happen. Since the first start of the power plant in 1974, The wild game started to disappear one resident lost 70 to 80 heads of cattle. The article said that no agency of government at the time has given confirmation to the concerns of these farmers. The farmers felt that the accident was one more indication that the plant was a menace. One incident involved a boat carrying 20 men from a yearly poker game which the boat got stranded in the middle of the river. The boat drifted for about two hours until landing on Three Mile Island. One of the crew members got off the boat, climbed the plant s security fence, and wandered the plant for a time until surprising two security officers.