Three Mile Island, a nuclear power generating station in Pennsylvania, is notorious for its partial meltdown in 1979. This incident allegedly caused no illness or harm to surrounding communities, but several reports have showed otherwise. There are two units on the site, TMI-1 and TMI-2. The 1979 incident occurred at the reactor at TMI-2, and it had its reactor core removed from the site–but it has not been decommissioned. TMI-1, the other reactor onsite has suffered a few problems, but as of January 2010, is online and fully functional.
TMI-2, the reactor that famously experienced a partial core meltdown in 1979, has been permanently shut down. Though the surrounding counties voted by a margin of 3:1 against it, the other reactor, TMI-1, remained in operation and is still in use today. In 2009, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) extended TMI-1’s license from April 2014 to April 19, 2034.
The debate over nuclear power has been revived recently as people search for low-emission sources of energy Opponents of nuclear plants cite the accident at Three Mile Island as an example of why nuclear power is unsafe.
Three Mile Island Nuclear Plant
The owner says it will keep the facility in long-term, monitored storage until the operating license for the TMI-1 plant expires at which time both plants will be decommissioned. In 2009 the NRC granted a license extension which means the TMI-1 reactor may operate until April 19, 2034.
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