Federal regulators plan to approve the sale of Three Mile Island's Unit 2, the nuclear reactor that partially melted down in 1979, despite concern by state officials over the new owner's ability to pay for decommissioning.
DEP told the Citizens Advisory Council decisions about the process for decommissioning the damaged Unit 2 at the Three Mile Island Nuclear Power Plant in Dauphin County are still being considered by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Nearly 40 years ago, the operators of a nuclear fuel plant near Columbia installed a liner in a treatment lagoon, hoping to trap radioactive and chemical waste before it could trickle into groundwater beneath the pond. Now, the lagoon liner is wearing out.
The Department of Environmental Protection raised several concerns related to the license transfer of TMI’s damaged Unit 2, including that “there are vast areas in the plant with unknown radiological conditions.”
Over 144,000 hit the road when the TMI accident occurred 40 years ago. Emergency personnel are far more prepared today, but there are also a lot more people living in central Pennsylvania than in 1979.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is actively considering claims that low-dose radiation protections should be lifted because exposures make you healthier, a potential boon to radiation-related industries.
Information is surfacing about more leaks as Westinghouse seeks a 40-year license for its nuclear fuel plant near Columbia. In one case, the company says it doesn’t plan to clean up a leak for decades.
The agency would transfer responsibility for licensing, rulemaking, inspection, and enforcement activities related to the extraction and concentration of uranium and thorium milling and also the management and disposal of milling waste.
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