chapter  12
The Public's Right to Know: The Accident at Three Mile Island
WithDavid M. Rubin
Pages 11

Some of the most persistent and troublesome questions raised in the aftermath of the accident at Three Mile Island concern what utility officials knew about the accident, when they knew it, and whom they told. Nearly a year after the event and four months after completion of the work of the President's Commission on the Accident at Three Mile Island, suspicions still remained that Metropolitan Edison officials intentionally misled the public. These suspicions existed even though neither the commission nor the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC) own internal Rogovin panel found evidence that a cover-up had taken place. Nevertheless, in mid-February 1980 Mitchell Rogovin was instructed by two members of the NRC and Congressman Morris K. Udall to examine once again whether the utility withheld information about the seriousness of the accident, particularly about the extent of core damage.