Why TMI Alert Opposed TMI Unit 1 Relicensing
Cleanup postponed, jobs decline, waste increases
(Harrisburg, Pa.: October 22, 2009) - The Nuclear Regulatory
Commission’s approval of a license extension at Three Mile Island (“TMI”) Unit-1
further delays the decontamination and decommissioning of Three Mile Island
Unit-2 the site of a core meltdown in March 1979.
Eric Epstein, Chairman of TMI-Alert, stated, “At this rate, TMI-2 won’t be
cleaned up until the next century. Relicensing adds another 600 metric tons of
radioactive waste on the Island in addition to the 1,000 metric tons of toxic
garbage Unit-1 has generated since 1974.” TMI also stores low-level radioactive
waste on site since Barnwell’s closing in 2008.
Mr. Epstein added, “TMI continues to reduce staffing and has slashed 284
jobs over the last ten years. I just hope we have enough money and trained staff
in place in 2034 to clean up TMI-1, TMI-2, and 1,600 tons of radioactive waste.”
Year Exelon + Contractor = Total Number of Employees
• 1998: 804
Source: GPU Nuclear.
• 1999: 704
• 2000: 579 65 644
• 2001: 517 81 598-618
• 2002: 532- 540 103 643
• 2003: 550
• 2005: 620
Source: Press & Journal, September, 2005.
• 2006: 520
Source: According to the "Top 50" list the Patriot News published on July 2, 2006,
Exelon's staffing numbers were listed at 520.
• 2008: 525
Source: US NRC GEIS. (p. 2-49) The NRC also stated that no new employees
would be added as a result of the license extension. (p 4-19)
Three Mile Island Alert, Inc., (tmia.com), a safe-energy organization based in
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and founded in 1977. TMIA monitors Peach Bottom,
Susquehanna, and Three Mile Island nuclear generating stations.
To read Exelon's official press release on the relicensing, open pdf:
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