Exelon Generation introduced that Three Mile Island Generating Station Unit 1 (TMI) will shut down by Sept. 30, 2019, as beforehand introduced in May 2017. With solely three legislative session days remaining in May and no motion taken to advance House Bill 11 or Senate Bill 510, it’s clear a state coverage answer won’t be enacted earlier than June 1, in time to reverse the untimely retirement of the plant.
“Today is a tough day for our staff, who had been hopeful that state policymakers would help valuing carbon-free nuclear vitality the identical method they worth different types of clear vitality in time to avoid wasting TMI from a untimely closure,” stated Bryan Hanson, Exelon senior vp and chief nuclear officer.
“I wish to thank the a whole lot of women and men who will proceed to soundly function TMI by September. We will provide a place elsewhere in Exelon to each worker who needs to stick with the corporate and is keen to relocate, and we’ll do all we are able to to help the neighborhood, the workers and their households throughout this tough interval,” Hanson added.
Exelon Generation beforehand introduced that the station would prematurely shut down, absent coverage reform, because of financial challenges and market flaws that fail to acknowledge the environmental and resiliency advantages from TMI and different zero-carbon nuclear vitality vegetation throughout the Commonwealth.
Exelon Generation’s extremely educated staff will proceed to function the plant at world-class ranges of excellence by September, with workers transitions anticipated inside six months of the plant’s last shut down.
Over the previous two years, Exelon Generation has labored actively with TMI staff to map them to different positions, and plenty of have already accepted placement elsewhere inside the firm. Exelon Generation will proceed to work with staff to help them throughout this transition.
Last month, Exelon Generation filed the federally required Post Shutdown Decommissioning Activities Report detailing plans for TMI after its last shutdown, together with transitioning workers in three phases all the way down to 50 full-time staff by 2022. In the submitting, Exelon Generation chosen SAFSTOR, one in every of three decommissioning choices for the plant, and outlined a plan to dismantle massive parts, together with the station’s cooling towers, starting in 2074. (Source: Exelon – Image: WHYY)
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