The Associated Press reports:
Three Mile Island, site of the United States’ worst nuclear power accident, will begin a planned shutdown starting June 1 now that it is clear that it will not get a financial rescue from Pennsylvania, its owner said Wednesday.
Exelon Corp.’s statement comes two years after the Chicago-based energy giant threatened to close the money-losing plant without what critics have called a bailout.
Three Mile Island’s Unit 1 is licensed to operate through 2034, and shutting it down will cut its life short by 15 years. Power from the plant along the Susquehanna River is expected to be replaced by electricity from coal and natural gas-fired power plants that run below capacity in a saturated market. It will go offline by Sept. 30.
The last nuclear power reactor on Three Mile Island is shutting down, 40 years after it was home to the worst commercial nuclear power plant accident in U.S. history https://t.co/ZDAHp3qu0T
— The New York Times (@nytimes) May 9, 2019
“Today is a difficult day for our employees, who were hopeful state policymakers would support valuing carbon-free #nuclear energy in time to save TMI Unit 1 from premature closure.” – Bryan Hanson, @ExelonGen chief nuclear officer pic.twitter.com/P3m1M5Utt6
— Three Mile Island (@TMI_Unit1) May 8, 2019
Forty years after the worst nuclear accident in the U.S., the remaining reactor at Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania is closing. https://t.co/shg811KjrD
— NPR (@NPR) May 9, 2019