2009-10-29 / Local & State

3 Mile Island Gets OK To Make Power Until 2034

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Three Mile Island Unit 1 can continue producing electricity until 2034.

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Thursday approved the plant’s application to extend its license by another 20 years.

Commission spokesman Diane Screnci says the agency found that plant owner Exelon Corp. has the safety programs in place to continue managing the plant.

Three Mile Island generates 852 megawatts of electricity, or enough to provide power to 800,000 homes.

The island’s Unit 2 in 1979 was the site of the nation’s worst nuclear power plant accident.

No one was seriously injured in the accident that released a small amount of radiation into the air above the Susquehanna River.

The plant’s original 40-year operating license was set to expire in April 2014.

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