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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