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‘Radioactive’ Webinar Commemorates 45th Anniversary of Three Mile Island Meltdown

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Radioactive

Award-winning documentary directed and produced by SBU faculty Heidi Hutner

March 28 marks the 45th anniversary of the Three Mile Island nuclear reactor meltdown, the worst commercial nuclear power accident in U.S. history. On that date, Beyond Nuclear and the Sierra Club will host “Radioactive: The Women of Three Mile Island, Gender, Justice, and the Future of Nuclear Power,” a webinar centered around the feature-length documentary directed, produced and written by Stony Brook University’s Heidi Hutner.

Speakers include Hutner, Mary Olson (Gender and Radiation Project), Ana Rondon and Krystal Curley (Navajo Nation), and Green Energy expert Mark Jacobson (Stanford University). The webinar, moderated by Cindy Folkers of Beyond Nuclear, will be held on Zoom Thursday, March 28, at 8 pm. Register online.

Hutner is an associate professor of English and Sustainability in the College of Arts and Sciences Department of English, and an affiliate with Women’s and Gender Studies. Her award-winning film, Radioactive: The Women of Three Mile Island, concerns the 1979 Three Mile Island meltdown and its aftermath. The meltdown raised concerns about nuclear safety and regulation and led to catastrophic repercussions in the surrounding communities.

The documentary focuses on four concerned mothers directly affected by the power plant accident. Also featured are a two-woman legal team who took their battle for the rights of area residents to the Supreme Court, a local doctor who maintains many of her patients may be sick because of the accident, a scientist who has initiated a new study regarding the impact of the meltdown on the health of the community, and a female reporter who remembers the confusing and conflicting information fed to the media.

Radioactive is now streaming on Apple TV+ and Prime Video.

Upcoming in-person screenings include:

 

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  • Writer and filmmaker Heidi Hutner and her crew did an excellent job on her new film/documentary, Radioactive: The Women of Three Mile Island. I live in Middletown, PA and lived in Middletown, PA when we had the partial meltdown on March 28, 1979. I spoke to other people in Middletown, PA who saw the documentary and they were pleased with the documentary as well. Finally, people in the world will see that we in Middletown, PA and the surrounding areas were harmed by the partial meltdown at Three Mile Island that occurred on March 28, 1979. I met with reporter/anchorman Dennis Owens from WHTM-TV 27 and a reporter from WPMT-Fox 43 on the recent 45th anniversary of the partial meltdown at Three Mile Island. I made it clear to them that the partial meltdown at TMI was much worse than reported by the NRC and that there is a big, big cancer cluster in Middletown, PA and the surrounding areas. We thank Heidi Hutner so much for all the work she did in making sure her movie, Radioactive:The Women of Three Mile Island would come to the big screen, and let the world know that the partial meltdown at Three Mile Island was much worse. With all of the research and hard work being done since the movie, people in the world will see that we were physically harmed by the partial meltdown at Three Mile Island. Thank you Heidi Hutner for all that you have done for us. We appreciate all of your hard work.

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