Three Mile Island Nuclear Power Station To Finally Shut By September 30th

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On Wednesday, a little over forty years after the Three Mile Island (unit 2) nuclear disaster, Exelon announced that the remaining Three Mile Island nuclear reactor (unit 1) will be shut down by September 30, 2019. According to Exelon, Three Mile Island “has been losing money for years“. Nuclear power can’t compete with cheaper natural gas and renewables, points out NPR. See: “Three Mile Island Nuclear Plant To Close, Latest Symbol Of Struggling Industry” May 8, 2019 3:34 PM ET JEFF BRADY https://www.npr.org/2019/05/08/721514875/three-mile-island-nuclear-plant-to-close-latest-symbol-of-struggling-industry

However, the area will not be out of danger. High level nuclear waste will remain on site in the cooling pool and then moved to dry cask storage. Currently they plan to delay dismantlement (SAFSTOR).

Due to the current “rip and ship” (EnergySolutions) and “proto-prompt” (Holtec-SNC Lavalin = CDI) focus on speed, SAFSTOR appears the better alternative. The delay…

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  1. Thanks for the reblogs, but especially this one. Many people think that once the reactor’s shut the problem is over. I really worry about parts of old reactors ending up in landfill. It is known to have happened, such as in Tennessee. I worried that this post hasn’t been viewed enough, so this will help.

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