The partial core meltdown at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant (pictured) near Middletown, Pennsylvania happened more than 25 years ago but the scare is still fresh in the minds those who lived nearby.
Last week end a guard at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant was so engrossed in the video game he was playing he failed to see an inspector approach during a surprise inspection.
Guards are allowed to engage in mind-stimulating activities but not to the extent that everything else is shut out by a mind absorbing video game.
The alleged lapse — which follows five other reports of employee inattention in the past two years — is prompting officials to review current policies.
"The issue is not the guard's use of the video game," Kathleen McGinty, secretary of the environmental agency, said in a statement.
"The real issue is that his complete absorption in the game distracted him from noticing the repeated approach of our inspector. And that shows why this procedure needs to be changed and these video games disallowed," she said.
This guard lapse couldn’t have been comforting to residents living nearby who may still be a little on edge after the 1979 partial core meltdown.