Sunday, December 19, 2021

'A significant gift': Local woman's collection of warped plants from around TMI headed to Smithsonian

Mary Stamos admitted she had no grand plan for her collection of misshapen plants when she first began plucking them from the area surrounding Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in the wake of the partial meltdown in 1979.

She simply planned to preserve the warped vegetation to share with her neighbors, believing the plants' abnormal appearances were the result of radiation released during the accident — radiation that she feared could also have ill effects on the people living in her community.


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