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Smart Talk Monday: COVID biggest issue according to F&M poll; TMI emergency planning scaled back; COVID-19 testing takes to the road

Three Mile Island nuclear power plant.

 Joanne Cassaro, WITF / WITF

Three Mile Island nuclear power plant.

The latest Franklin and Marshall College poll of registered voters released last week found that respondents consider the COVID-19 pandemic the most important problem facing Pennsylvania and may, as a result, feel less optimistic about their finances.

The 2020 general election and voter intentions were also key poll questions, and more voters plan to cast their ballot in person than by mail.

Franklin and Marshall College political analyst and pollster Dr. G. Terry Madonna, Ph.D., appears on Monday’s Smart Talk to discuss the results and provide perspective.

The legacy of Three Mile Island Nuclear Power plant will be forever marred by the partial meltdown of one of the reactors more than forty years ago.  

The reactors sit along the Susquehanna River near Harrisburg and are owned by the Exelon Corporation. Exelon shut down the generating station almost a year ago to begin the decades-long decommissioning process 

The corporation recently appealed to the federal government to scale back some of their emergency response planning; a move that alarms an area watchdog group.  

Joining Smart Talk to share their concerns is Eric Epstein, Chairman of the Harrisburg-based group TMI Alert 

Finally, the Coronavirus pandemic has hit people of color living in under-served communities particularly hard. One organization’s solution is to launch a COVID-19 mobile testing and education RV to tour the state are reach out to these communities 

George Fernandez is the Founder and CEO of Latino Connection and he appears on Smart Talk to share the plan to offer a needed service tailored to this demographic.   

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