Three Mile Island Sets Date for Shutdown

Three Mile Island Nuclear Generating Station from Skycam 16

LONDONDERRY TOWNSHIP, Pa. — The owner of Three Mile Island Nuclear Generating Station near Harrisburg announced Wednesday it is moving forward with its plan to close the facility this year.

Exelon Generation said Three Mile Island will shut down in September.

It had previously announced last year that the closure was in the works, but the company was hoping for some legislative action in the state capitol to help keep it open.

Exelon said it’s clear that’s not going to happen by the June 1 deadline the company gave to change its mind.

In March, the facility marked 40 years since the nuclear accident that forced evacuations near Harrisburg and spread fear across the state.

4 comments

  • theparsemastergeneral

    SWITCH TO ENERGY BY THORIUM!

    Thorium is estimated to be three to four times more abundant than uranium in the Earth’s crust and it is one of the most energy dense elements found in nature.

    The element has some favorable characteristics making it an ideal nuclear fuel for next generation reactors; it is safe, clean, affordable and scalable.

    You can hold your entire lifetime’s energy need in the palm of your hand.

    It has been estimated that 30 times more thorium than what is required to supply the entire world’s energy demand is mined as a by-product every year.

    • fortisveritas

      Lots of reasons why they’re not being built: NIMBY (not in my back yard) people, lack of investors, operating costs, oppressive regulations, spent fuel and waste disposal/storage, efficiency, competition with gas, you name it. When a gas plant can be built in a fraction of the time for a fraction of the cost, run with a few dozen people, have almost the same output and have NO spent fuel storage concerns – nuclear doesn’t stand a chance.

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