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Two analysts at the Brattle Group have reinforced the argument for keeping open the Davis-Besse and Perry nuclear power plants. They include in their assessment, released last week, the Beaver Valley nuclear plant, also owned by FirstEnergy, and the Three Mile Island plant, owned by Exelon.
Roboticist William “Red” Whittaker, who began his career developing robots to help clean up the Three Mile Island nuclear power accident and now directs Carnegie Mellon's Field Robotics Center, said technology like RadPiper could transform key tasks in cleaning up the country's nuclear legacy. “A lot of ...

MIDDLETOWN, Pa. -- On a brisk, early April morning, the sun rises over the Susquehanna River, splashing against the side of a steam-billowing reactor tower on Three Mile Island, and illuminating a tall, black shadow on the tree line of Shelley Island. The peace and serenity on mornings like this is what ...
By Mike Pries. Last week's announced closure of FirstEnergy's three emissions-free nuclear plants in Pennsylvania and Ohio, plus Exelon's previous announcement to prematurely close Three Mile Island, will immediately erase the environmental benefits of more than 25 years of wind and solar ...
1979: Three Mile Island. 1979: Three Mile Island. In 1979, America's worst commercial nuclear accident occurred with a partial meltdown inside the Unit 2 reactor at the Three Mile Island plant near Middletown, Pennsylvania. AP ...
Today is Wednesday, March 28, the 87th day of 2018. There are 278 days left in the year. Birthdays: Author Mario Vargas Llosa is 82. Movie director Mike Newell is 76. Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte is 73. Actress Dianne Wiest is 72. Country singer Reba McEntire is 63. Olympic gold medal gymnast ...

It was 39 years ago Wednesday, March 28, that the historic accident at Three Mile Island occurred as Unit 2's reactor partially melted down. Despite the fact that the Unit 2 reactor coolant system is drained and its radioactive waste was shipped away long ago, the process of decommissioning Unit 2 has not ...
In 1979, a pressure valve in a reactor at the Three Mile Island nuclear plant failed to close, causing a near-critical meltdown. TODAY'S ... TODAY'S FACT: The cleanup of the damaged nuclear reactor at Three Mile Island after the 1979 meltdown took nearly 14 years and cost approximately $973 million.
Less than five miles from Three Mile Island, my mother's home sat along a path of unknown destruction. No one really knew what was happening—all that people knew about nuclear disasters was the improbability depicted in “The China Syndrome,” a futuristic thriller then creating a stir in theaters earlier ...
Thornburgh, receiving conflicting information, advises pregnant women and preschool children to leave the area within a 5-mile radius of Three Mile Island. Schools in the area close after the advisory is issued. Penn State Harrisburg cancels classes for a week. Many residents decide to leave the area.
MIDDLETOWN, Pa. (WHTM)– Wednesday marks 39 years since the worst commercial nuclear accident in U.S. history at Three Mile Island. On March 28, 1979 equipment failure and human error caused a partial meltdown in the Unit 2 Reactor. Officials reported low levels of radiation released into the air.
It has been 39 years since a meltdown at Three Mile Island became the most significant nuclear accident in U.S. history. On March 28, 1979, one of the reactors at that power plant partially melted down, releasing radiation and revealing flaws within both the system and in how authorities respond to ...
MIDDLETOWN, Pa. (WHTM) - Wednesday marks 39 years since the worst commercial nuclear accident in U.S. history at Three Mile Island. On March 28, 1979, equipment failure and human error caused a partial meltdown in the Unit 2 Reactor. Officials reported low levels of radiation released into the air.
In Pennsylvania, Exelon has been seeking similar subsidies to keep Three Mile Island's Unit 1 on line. But, in exchange for that aid, legislators should also demand that the utilities move their older radioactive waste from dangerous dense-packed pools to safer dry-cask storage containers. Just as was the ...
Aerial view of Three Mile Island nuclear plant near Harrisburg, Pa., scene of a nuclear accident, Thursday, March 28, 1979. ... In 1979, America's worst commercial nuclear accident occurred with a partial meltdown inside the Unit 2 reactor at the Three Mile Island plant near Middletown, Pennsylvania.
It was suspended in 1985 due to slower electricity demand growth, rising construction costs due to inflation and new regulatory requirements stemming from the accident at Three Mile Island in 1979, and regulatory concerns throughout the Tennessee Valley Authority's (TVA's) nuclear fleet. A study was ...
So maybe Cambridge Analytica wasn't the Three Mile Island of computational social science. But that doesn't mean it isn't a signal, a ping on the Geiger counter. It shows people are trying. Facebook knows that the social scientists have tools the company can use. Late in 2017, a Facebook blog post ...

1979: At 4 a.m., the worst accident in the history of the U.S. nuclear power industry begins when a pressure valve in the Unit-2 reactor at Three Mile Island fails to close. Cooling water, contaminated with radiation, drained from the open valve into adjoining buildings, and the core began to dangerously ...
After the Three Mile Island nuclear meltdown in 1979, Perrow became interested in how simple human errors spiral out of control in complex technological systems. For Perrow, Three Mile Island was a wake-up call. The meltdown wasn't caused by a massive external shock like an earthquake or a terrorist ...
The Three Mile Island nuclear power plant near Middletown, Penn., was the site of a March 28, 1979 power plant accident that brought about sweeping changes involving emergency response planning, reactor operator training, human factors engineering, radiation protection, and many other areas of ...
On the 39th anniversary of the Three Mile Island accident, a panel discussion is planned. The event will include light dinner followed by a Q&A session and will start at 5 p.m. March 29 at the Range End Golf Club in Dillsburg. "TMI 39 Years Later" will be hosted by "Meltdown," a series in production that ...
The robots were designed to help clean up after the 1979 partial meltdown at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant near Harrisburg and the Chernobyl nuclear reactor disaster in Ukraine. Whittaker said 30 years ago, there were no digital cameras or controls, no printed circuit boards or solid state ...
The Three Mile Island Nuclear Plant is seen in the early morning hours March 28, 2011 in Middletown, Pa. Jeff Fusco—Getty Images. By Nash Jenkins. March 16, 2018. Officials in Washington say that Russian hackers are in the midst of a widespread attack on crucial components of U.S. infrastructure, according to a ...
Welcome to Tuesday, Philly. You may be seeing some light snow this a.m. as another nor'easter makes its way up the coast. But the impact of this storm will be much milder. Otherwise this morning we're digging into a City Council meeting on the opioid epidemic, a Villanova basketball player's harrowing ...
They told us Three-Mile Island would never happen. They told us Fukushima would never happen. But they did,” Gibbons said. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the FBI reported that a Kansas plant, known as Wolf Creek, was the target of one such attack, according to the New York Times.
Lake Barrett — director of the Three Mile Island nuclear plant during its decommissioning after a partial meltdown at the Middletown, Pa., facility in 1979 — says TEPCO will use robots to remotely dig out the melted fuel and store it in canisters on-site before shipping to its final disposal spot. “This is similar to ...
Walter Wallace, an expert in the field of radiation who helped respond to the famous 1979 accident at the Three Mile Island Nuclear Generating Station in Pennsylvania, has died. He was 83. READ MORE: Dayton Daily News obituaries. Wallace was raised in Portsmouth, where he was a gifted athlete, ...
Nuclear Agency Wants Info on Securing Radioactive Waste from Cyberattacks. Cooling towers at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in Middletown, Pa. Matt Rourke/AP File Photo ...
Nearly 3,000 people now call themselves "Three Mile Island Survivors" in a private Facebook group. The group, started in November 2016, believes that the partial meltdown of a Three Mile Island nuclear reactor on March 28, 1979, was far more dangerous than has been publicly acknowledged. They link ...
Three Mile Island. Fukushima. Accidents at nuclear power plants can cause massive destruction and expose workers and civilians to dangerous levels of radiation that lead to cancerous genetic mutations and death. While the total number of people affected by nuclear incidents is small, every year millions ...
Nearly 4,000 people now call themselves "Three Mile Island Survivors" in a private Facebook group. The group, started in Nov. 2016, believes that the partial meltdown of a TMI reactor on March 28, 1979, was far more dangerous than has been publicly acknowledged. They link the incident to myriad health ...
The hardest part of combating climate change is, predictably, reducing our dependence on fossil fuels as a power source. Currently, fossil fuels like coal and natural gas account for around 60 percent of our energy production, and while this number is shrinking, it's not shrinking nearly fast enough.
A representative for Exelon Corp., the owner and operator of Three Mile Island, said there remains time to save the state's nuclear power plants but that time is running out. Speaking before a state legislative panel Tuesday morning, Kathleen Barron, Exelon's senior vice president for federal regulatory ...
March 28, 1979 - A partial meltdown of the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant occurs in Middletown, Pennsylvania. It is determined that equipment malfunctions, design-related problems and human error led to the accident. 1981 - Swedish diplomat Dr. Hans Blix is appointed director general of the IAEA.
At Three Mile Island, the reactor experienced a partial core meltdown in 1979, which vented contamination to the surrounding area for over 12 hours. Onsite radiation instruments quickly went off scale and couldn't measure how much radioactive material was released. To this day, the Nuclear Regulatory ...
Lake Barrett—director of the Three Mile Island nuclear plant during its decommissioning after a partial meltdown at the Middletown, Pa., facility in 1979—says TEPCO will use robots to remotely dig out the melted fuel and store it in canisters on-site before shipping to its final disposal spot. “This is similar to ...
The Three Mile Island and Peach Bottom nuclear plants performed at the highest level during 2017, according to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The NRC, which regulates and inspects commercial nuclear plants in the United States, said both TMI and Peach Bottom “preserved public health and ...
WEBVTT APPEALED TO LAWMAKERS FOR LAST MINUTE HELP TO SAVE IT. NEWS 8'S BARBARA BARA IS LIVE IN LONDONDERRY TWONSHIP WITH THE LATEST. >> TMI'S OWNER EXCELON ANNOUNCED IT WOULD CLOSE NEXT YEAR DUE TO FINANCIAL LOSSES RUNNING INTO THE ...
More than one in three adults in America are getting less sleep than they need. While insufficient sleep is often considered normal, it can have dramatic effects on a population's health and productivity. According to research funded by the National Institutes of Health, sleep deprivation in America is a largely ...
Three Mile Island Generating Station will close in 2019 unless lawmakers in Harrisburg pass legislation that enables this crucial energy source to remain open. If TMI goes away, with it goes its tax revenue — more than $1 million in state property taxes — that fund our schools and public services.
Kimoto also said the image shows pebble-like objects that look similar to the fuel debris witnessed at the Three Mile Island facility in Pennsylvania after its partial core meltdown in 1979. The fuel melted after the mega-quake and tsunami of March 11, 2011, knocked out all power to the Fukushima No.
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission requires these plants, including Three Mile Island and the Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station, to have emergency plans in place. In case of an accident or emergency, the company would notify the governor's office and the NRC, said NRC spokeswoman Diane ...
Three Mile Island has one less avenue on which to map a route to avoid a 2019 shutdown, as a result of a decision by a federal energy agency Monday. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission rejected the Trump administration's plan to prop up coal-fired and nuclear power plants, AP reports.
Chicago-based Exelon Corp., which operates three nuclear plants in Pennsylvania, has said it will close the remaining unit at its Three Mile Island Generating Station in Dauphin County around September 2019 absent policy action to preserve it. “While FERC's recognition of the need to strengthen our ...
Brookfield inherits a business that, over the years, has been battered by ill-conceived uranium supply contracts; the fracking boom that provided abundant and cheap natural gas; nuclear meltdowns at Three Mile Island and Fukushima, Japan; and cost overruns and chronic delays at nuclear construction ...
We tell ourselves stories in order to learn. Kodak failed because its managers did not take digital photography seriously enough. Blockbuster died because its chief executive refused to invest in Netflix. Nokia disappeared because its executives were initially blind to the potential of the smartphone, and ...
Why this isn't surprising: Westinghouse is the only U.S. company to receive U.S. building permits for new nuclear power plants since the Three Mile Island incident nearly 40 years ago – but billions of dollars in cost overruns led the company to file for chapter 11 protection in March. The mess essentially cost Westinghouse ...
Three hours west of Abu Dhabi on a remote stretch of land by the Arabian Gulf, cranes are busy at work on a project more ambitious and larger in scale than Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Requiring three times as much concrete and six times as much steel as the world's tallest building, the Barakah Nuclear Energy ...
We have witnessed the accidents at Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and most recently, Fukushima. Vermont Yankee has also had its share of accidents and safety concerns over the years. One has to wonder why the corporate owners of nuclear plants would prefer to invest in legal fees to fight lengthy and ...
Passim Discovery Series presents Sub Rosa Songwriting Retreat Songs from Three Mile Island: Sunday, Jan 7, and Monday, Jan. 8, 7 p.m., at Club Passim, 47 Palmer Street. Cost: $25, non-members; $20, members. What happens when a dozen songwriters get stranded for a week on a primitive island ...


 

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