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Harold Denton testifying before the Senate Committee, March 2009[1]

Harold Ray Denton (February 24, 1936 – February 13, 2017) was an American civil servant. He served as the Director of the Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation at the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (USNRC) from 1988 until his retirement in 1998. He is best known for his role as President Jimmy Carter's personal adviser for the Three Mile Island (TMI) accident.

Denton was born in Rocky Mountain, North Carolina. He died at his home in Knoxville, Tennessee from complications of Alzheimer's disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, aged 80.[2]


  1. U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety hearing entitled, "Three Mile Island – Looking Back on Thirty Years of Lessons Learned." Tuesday, 24 March 2009 10:30 am EDT, EPW Hearing Room – 406 Dirksen Office Building archived webcast
  2. Matt Schudnel (February 22, 2017). "Harold Denton, nuclear regulator who calmed fears at Three Mile Island, dies at 80". Washington Post. Retrieved February 23, 2017. 

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