[... Three Mile Island] Plant operator Metropolitan Edison’s in-house health physics staff fled after the incident began, so responsibility for monitoring radioactive emissions went to a private contractor called Rad Services.
The company immediately hired Randall Thompson to serve as the health
physics technician in charge of monitoring radioactive emissions, while
Joy Thompson got a job monitoring radiation doses to TMI workers.
What the Thompsons say they found out during their time inside TMI
suggests radiation releases from the plant were hundreds if not
thousands of times higher than the government and industry have
acknowledged — high enough to cause the acute health effects documented
in people living near the plant but that have been dismissed by the
industry and the government as impossible given official radiation dose