The Steps to Closing a Nuclear Power Plant

The Steps to Closing a Nuclear Power Plant

Although TMI and other nuclear power plants are closing, nuclear power remains a critical component of our country’s broad spectrum of energy capabilities. Although TMI and other nuclear power plants are closing, nuclear power remains a critical component of our country’s broad spectrum of energy capabilities. The 1979 accident indeed had a lasting effect on the nuclear power industry in the U.S. writ large, and the more recent expansion of fracking has also brought significant competition to the nuclear power industry. TMI Unit-2 has been shuttered since the partial meltdown in 1979 , an event described as the “most serious accident in U.S. commercial nuclear power plant operating history.” The accident caused significant shifts in public understanding and perception of nuclear power, and the effects of those five days in 1979 are still felt today.When a nuclear power plant is officially shut down, the decommissioning process begins. Additionally, what does closing a nuclear power plant mean for the future of clean and renewable energy?

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