Supplemental View by Anne D. Trunk
The following is a
minority view on two issues raised in the report.
item represents the feelings of the undersigned and a majority of her
circle of citizens who lived through the TMI accident.
report concluded that the errors and sensationalism reported by the news
media merely reflected the confusion and ignorance of the facts by the
official sources of information. It further concluded that the press did a
creditable ("more reassuring than alarming") job of news coverage.
fact, these conclusions are not generally supported by the staff reports.
There were reliable news sources available. Too much emphasis was placed
on the "what if" rather than the "what is." As a result, the public was
pulled into a state of terror, of psychological stress. More so than any
other normal source of news, the evening national news reports by the
major networks proved to be the most depressing, the most terrifying.
Confusion cannot explain away the mismanagement of a news event of this
is requested that the news media undertake a self-evaluation on an
individual basis and review their role in this accident which was not
limited to equipment damage but also included psychological damage.
undersigned could not support a motion for an undefined timeframe
moratorium on ail new construction permits because it was not shown how
this could result in a safer plant at TMI nor attain higher standards of
safety and performance by the industry.
defined period (say 2 years) to act on this report's recommendations,
along with a separate probationary operating period (say 5 years) for the
licensee at TMI, could accomplish both the above objectives and is
Anne D. Trunk
October 25, 1979