Excerpt from Omaha Sunday World-Herald


The 'Report on Accuracy and The Associated Press' contained an April 8, 1979, story in the Omaha, Neb., Sunday World-Herald. The story about the Three Mile Island nuclear accident by World-Herald staffer was headlined: "Inaccuracies Headache for Press Secretary." Here are the excerpts marked in the UPI report:


"Friday, two days after the accident, was the 'gloomiest time because we faced a possible meltdown an we still were having trouble getting solid facts,' he said." (The story was quoting a top aide to the governor of Pennsylvania).

"Critchlow witnessed one incident of panic, he said. At 8:27 p.m. Saturday, The Associated Press radio wire moved an 'urgent bulletin' saying the gas bubble inside the disabled reactor had become potentially explosive.

"An unnamed source had said that the oxygen level, then 2 percnt was rising and would become explosive at 5 percent. Critchlow checked with Denton (NRC director), learned the information was wrong and that it would take 16 percent to become explosive."