The Three Mile Island nuclear power station in Pennsylvania. Courtesy Wiki Commons. The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has approved the transfer of the licence for Unit 2 of the Three Mile Island nuclear power station from FirstEnergy Companies to TMI-2 Solutions.

FirstEnergy Companies, comprising Metropolitan Edison Co, Jersey Central Power and Light Co, Pennsylvania Electric and GPU Nuclear, requested the transfer for TMI-2 Solutions to complete the decommissioning of the unit.

TMI-2 Solutions is a wholly owned subsidiary of EnergySolutions, a Utah-based radioactive waste disposal company.

Three Mile Island-2, about 16 km miles southeast of Harrisburg in Pennsylvania, operated for approximately six months before suffering a partial meltdown and reactor core damage during an accident on 28 March 1979.

Subsequently, about 99% of the fuel and damaged reactor core material was removed and shipped to the Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory. In 1993 the plant was placed in a post-defueling monitored storage status.

The NRC said the proposed transfer complies with regulatory requirements. The approval is effective immediately.

Date: Friday, 04 December 2020
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