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ACCIDENT AT THE THREE MILE ISLAND NUCLEAR

POWERPLANT

WEDNESDAY, MAY 9, 1979

U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
COMMITTEE ON INTERIOR AND INSULAR AFFAIRS,

Washington, D.C.
The committee met at 3:40 p.m. in room 1336, Longworth House
Office Building, Hon. James Weaver presiding.
Present: Representatives Weaver, Carr, Markey, Kostmayer, Vento,
Marriott, and Cheney.
Staff present: Messrs. Myers, Burnam, Terrell, Reis, Scoville,
Rogers, and Sadleir.
Also present: Messrs. Mattson, Stello, Eisenhut, and Combs.
Mr. WEAVER. Gentlemen, thank you very much for coming.
Would you identify yourselves, please. I am Jim Weaver.
Introductions. ]
Mr. WEAVER. Thank you very much.
What we want to do here is have an informal review of what
bappened.

Discussion off the record. Mr. WEAVER. I would like to keep this informal. Let us talk about the details of what happened at Three Mile Island so that, as we compile this information, perhaps a picture will begin to form in the minds of the members of this committee and we will be better able to analyze and deduce from that. I would like to ask Dr. Myers to commence his line of questioning. If any of you have anything to offer or volunteer, that would be fine. Dr. Myers. Do you think it would be useful if they went through the chronology as they best understand it now, as opposed to the way Mr. Denton did it the other day where he was sort of relating it as he had esperienced it? Mr. Weaver. That is an excellent idea. Dr. Myers. Darrell Eisenhut has been briefing the Commission on this. Darrell, I do not know who would want to do it or who is most familiar with it.

PANEL FROM THE NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION CONSIST.
ING OF: ROGER MATTSON, DIRECTOR, DIVISION OF SYSTEM
SAFETY, OFFICE OF NUCLEAR REACTOR REGULATION: VIC
STELLO, DIRECTOR, DIVISION OF OPERATING REACTORS, OFFICE
OF NUCLEAR REACTOR REGULATION; AND DARRELL EISENHUT,
DEPUTY DIRECTOR, DIVISION OF OPERATING REACTORS, OFFICE
OF NUCLEAR REACTOR REGULATION
Vr. STELLO. Let me make some opening comments first.
In order to truly have an accurate list of facts exactly as they
occurred during the accident, you are going to have to go back through

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he records, all of the strip charts, pull them together, intervi he people to get their best recollections, and pull together t sequence of events you can based on that information. That

done right now. My understanding is that that actual identific of the factual chronology will be available about next week. Th ing to represent the best information we have to identify th nce. ner than that, I think it is going to have to require very crui

ideas based on individual recollections, and like the piece that you have now, which is GPU's recollection and identific f the sequence of events based on their record search. But an we do say we are subject to refinement and identification of ti based on the investigation that comes out next week. h that, Darrell, maybe you can highlight. EISENHUT. Yes, I was going to make the same kind of commen ello, of course, just returned from the site yesterday. I gue:d I were contacted early on the 28th about 8:30–8:45. We harroceeding in parallel since then. We first came back togethe lay physically to where we can be working trying to put th ogether. WEAVER. I would like to ask you: At what hour of what da,

first get on site? Mr. Eisenhut. CISENHUT. I did not go to the site. VEAVER. You did not. Mr. Stello did. Tattson, you were not at the site, either? IATTSON. Yes, I was on the site. VEAVER. Mr. Stello, what hour of the day did you arrive at th TELLO. We arrived on Friday, I guess about 3 o'clock. VEAVER. You stayed there from then on; is that correct? TELLO. I stayed there from then on. PEAVER. Mr. Mattson? [ATTSON. 11 a.m., Sunday, April 1, through Easter Sunday. EAVER. You were all working at NRC headquarters in a coor role on this? ATTSON. When I was not at Three Mile Island, I was working Mile Island from Bethesda; yes, sir. "EAVER. How about reciting, beginning with Mr. Mattson, opened as far as your knowledge goes and what your role -I mean what you saw. Why do you not just begin reciting ATTSON. Maybe it will help kick off the chronology sort of want to hear about. CAVER. When did you first hear about it? You can start off Where were you and what was happening! TTSON. I was in my offices on Wednesday, the 28th. I tried Ir. Denton that morning; got hold of him. Heard Mr. Case, , Mr. Eisenhut had gone to the emergency center. I believe one that morning, Darrell; is that right? ENHUT. No, I did not go early. I was running the other end.

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