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30 Year Anniversary of Three Mile Island

March 28, 2009

Peter Behr at the New York Times has a piece recounting the legacy of the near meltdown at the nuclear facility at Three Mile Island.

The accident stopped the U.S. nuclear power industry in its tracks.

No more nuclear plants were ordered in the United States following the accident and none started after 1974 were completed, former nuclear regulator Peter Bradford notes.

“The credibility of an industry was lost,” Bruce Williams, a vice president of Exelon Nuclear, which now owns the Three Mile Island station, told a Pennsylvania newspaper in 2004.

Thirty years later, the U.S. nuclear power industry is attempting a revival, citing reactors’ ability to generate electricity without the climate-threatening carbon emissions that spew from coal-fired generators.

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