The last reactor at Three Mile Island is shutting down

Cooling towers at Three Mile Island.

Enlarge / The Three Mile
Island Nuclear Plant is seen in the early morning hours March 28,
2011, in Middletown, Penn. (credit:
Jeff Fusco/Getty Images
)

On Wednesday, power company Exelon said that it would be closing
the single reactor that it operates on Three Mile Island by
September 30.

Three Mile Island (TMI) is notorious for its role as the site of
the United States’ first commercial power plant accident in 1979.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission was not able to correlate the
accident to any deaths or ill health effects in the Middletown,
Penn., area, but the threat galvanized environmentalists against
nuclear power and led to sweeping regulatory reforms in throughout
the nation.

TMI-1, the 819 megawatt (MW) reactor that Exelon owns, was not
affected by the 1979 accident. Exelon says it has been
operating the reactor at a loss
.

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The last reactor at Three Mile Island is shutting down