Three Mile Island nuclear plant to officially shut down

Three Mile Island nuclear plant is closing due to lack of state’s efforts on subsidizing clean energy

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The popular Three Mile Island nuclear plant at Dauphin County, Pennsylvania near Harrisburg, is all set to officially shut down on September 20, 2019. The shutdown was announced by the spokesperson Davis Marcheskie. Exelon Generation is the company that runs the plant and announced in May, that it would officially close the plant by September 30, 2019. The company said that it has taken the decision citing lack of state action in subsidizing clean energy.

In May 2017, the company operating the plant said that it would close the plant if there was no change in the state policies, saying that the plant has not been profitable for five years. The plant is officially closing on Friday, but it will take decades for the plant to get completely cleaned up and will cost around $1.2 billion. Exelon has estimated that all the radioactive material will be removed from the plant by 2078. The press release from the company says that it has worked to place plant employees in to the positions within the company.

In 2017, the company said that the plant has 675 employees. A posting from the Department of Labor and Industry from August has shown that approximately 112 employees would be affected by the closure of the plant. The Three Mile Island is known for the infamous accident at a commercial nuclear power plant in the U.S. history.

In the year 1979, the plant experienced a partial meltdown of one of the two reactors. However, there is no indication of the release of radiation caused any health issues among either employees or the general public. The World Nuclear Association said that due to the accident the construction of the new plants were declined in the 80s and 90s.

The accident was rated as a five as an accident with wider consequences. It had also crystallized the anti-nuclear safety concerns among the activists and the general public.

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