[UPDATED] The U.S. Nuclear Regulator Commission said Wednesday it had approved a license transfer for Three Mile Island, Unit 2 from FirstEnergy Companies to TMI-2 Solutions.
FirstEnergy Companies is comprised of comprising Metropolitan Edison Co., Jersey Central Power and Light Co., Pennsylvania Electric Co. and GPU Nuclear Inc., requested the transfer for TMI-2 Solutions to complete the decommissioning of the unit. TMI-2 Solutions is a wholly-owned subsidiary of EnergySolutions, a Utah-based radioactive waste disposal company.
The TMI-2 reactor, located approximately 10 miles southeast of Harrisburg, Pa., operated for approximately six months before suffering reactor core damage on March 28, 1979. Subsequently, about 99 percent of the fuel and damaged reactor core material was removed and shipped to the Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory, and in 1993 the plant was placed in a Post-Defueling Monitored Storage status.
The license currently authorizes only possession of byproduct and special nuclear materials remaining at the reactor. The NRC review determined that the proposed transfer complies with NRC regulatory requirements, provides reasonable assurance that public health and safety will be protected, and is not detrimental to the common defense and security. The approval is effective immediately, and the license will be amended to reflect the new ownership once the sale of Unit 2 is completed.
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