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On Wednesday, a little over forty years after the Three Mile Island (unit 2) nuclear disaster, Exelon announced that the remaining Three Mile Island nuclear reactor (unit 1) will be shut down by September 30, 2019. According to Exelon, Three Mile Island “has been losing money for years“. Nuclear power can’t compete with cheaper natural gas and renewables, points out NPR. See: “Three Mile Island Nuclear Plant To Close, Latest Symbol Of Struggling Industry” May 8, 2019 3:34 PM ET JEFF BRADY https://www.npr.org/2019/05/08/721514875/three-mile-island-nuclear-plant-to-close-latest-symbol-of-struggling-industry

However, the area will not be out of danger. High level nuclear waste will remain on site in the cooling pool and then moved to dry cask storage. Currently they plan to delay dismantlement (SAFSTOR).

Due to the current “rip and ship” (EnergySolutions) and “proto-prompt” (Holtec-SNC Lavalin = CDI) focus on speed, SAFSTOR appears the better alternative. The delay will allow time for people to realize that the dismantlement needs to be done right, and not quick and dirty. EnergySolutions’ Doug Kimmelman was a Trump fundraiser-large donor. Holtec’s George Norcross is a member of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club. George Norcross’ brother is a Democratic Congressman. Holtec’s Kris Singh is a Republican.

Under SAFSTOR, often considered “deferred dismantling,” a nuclear facility is maintained and monitored in a condition that allows the radioactivity to decay; afterwards, the plant is dismantled and the property decontaminated.https://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/fact-sheets/decommissioning.html

Unable To Compete On Price, Nuclear Power On The Decline In The U.S.” April 7, 20165:28 PM ET, by Brian Mann, All Things Considered https://www.npr.org/2016/04/07/473379564/unable-to-compete-on-price-nuclear-power-on-the-decline-in-the-u-s


It is unclear where Three Mile Island Unit 1 high level nuclear waste has been going, or will go. Three Mile Island Unit 2 waste is in Idaho: https://www.nrc.gov/docs/ML1817/ML18171A380.pdf

Proof that we are not making up the nuclear “proto-prompt” and “rip and ship” terms:

Zion Units 1 and 2 were permanently shut down on February 13, 1998. The fuel was transferred to the spent fuel pool, and the owner submitted the certification of fuel transfer on March 9, 1998.  On September 1, 2010, the facility license was transferred from Exelon to ZionSolutions for the express purpose of expediting the decommissioning of the site. ZionSolutions is using a rip and ship process that will reduce the labor intensive separation of contaminated materials and transport the facility in bulk to the EnergySolutions disposal site in Utah and to WCS in Texas.

Click to access ML19105A427.pdf