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NRC holds meeting to discuss demolishing infamous TMI reactor

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A plan that could take effect decades from now was the topic of discussion at a public meeting hosted by the U.S. Regulatory Commission in Hershey Wednesday night.

That plan would change the face of Three Mile Island.

It was submitted by First Energy Corp., the company which ones Unit 2, the reactor at the center of the nation's worst nuclear power plant accident back in 1979.

Ninety-nine percent of the radioactive material has been removed. Unit 2 has been shutdown since the accident.

The plan, officially called the "Post Shutdown Decommissioning Activities Report," calls for Unit 2 to remain in its dormant state until the year 2034. That is when active Unit 1's license expires.

Decommissioning would continue about a decade later and end with both units basically demolished by about 2055.

However, it all may not happen, according to Exelon spokesperson Ralph DeSantis, the company operating Unit One.

"It's just too early," DeSantis said, pointing out that Unit 1's license could be renewed.

Those at First Energy said the decommissioning of Unit 2 will only begin once the other reactor is out of service as well.

At Wednesday's meeting, those with the NRC wanted to hear from the public. While the plan discussed the future, some upset residents and activists chose to discuss the past.

"The irony, the insult of the accident, is that very few people around here ever derive any electrical benefit and we are still dealing with it 35 years later," said Eric Epstein of the watchdog group Three Mile Island Alert.

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