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TMI Alert puts up new ‘irony’ billboard regarding nuclear plant closure

By Dan Miller

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Posted 9/25/19

A new billboard on the Airport Connector put up by the watchdog group TMI Alert points out “the irony” behind the premature shutdown of Unit 1, says TMI Alert chairman Eric …

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TMI Alert puts up new ‘irony’ billboard regarding nuclear plant closure

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A new billboard on the Airport Connector put up by the watchdog group TMI Alert points out “the irony” behind the premature shutdown of Unit 1, says TMI Alert chairman Eric Epstein.

Before the March 1979 accident that crippled Unit 2, TMI owners touted that the cost of making electricity from nuclear power was “too cheap to meter.”

Now, it is so expensive that TMI owners Exelon and other energy companies are shutting down nuclear plants across the United States, Epstein said.

“Three Mile Island: What was once too cheap to meter, is now too toxic to clean up,” says the billboard, which went up on Monday and will remain until Oct. 20. The billboard also refers motorists to the TMI Alert website.

The billboard also pushes for speeding up decommissioning of Unit 1.

Exelon’s plan delays cleaning up Unit 1 until 2074, to allow “additional time for normal radioactive decay” to provide a “safer environment” for workers doing the decommissioning, according to Exelon.

“We are asking for an expedited clean up” of Unit 1, which Epstein says is needed to finally finish cleaning up the long-dormant Unit 2 reactor. “TMI has a legacy of broken promises. TMI 1 is taking the same game plan from Unit 2 and going into delay mode.”

“The accident at TMI is not over. The saga continues,” Epstein said. “This is just another chapter in the TMI saga. We did not make a commitment to serve as a radioactive waste site for a century.”