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Infamous Three Mile Island Reactor Set to Be Sold, Dismantled

  • Partial meltdown in 1979 was worst ever U.S. nuclear incident
  • Energy Solutions signs term sheet to acquire power plant
Decommissioned cooling towers sit idle at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in Middletown, Pennsylvania.

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

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Three Mile Island’s Unit 2 has been closed since 1979, when it was the site of the worst ever U.S. reactor accident. Now a Salt Lake City-based nuclear services company is in talks to buy and dismantle the facility.

Energy Solutions Inc. has signed a term sheet with FirstEnergy Corp. to acquire the Pennsylvania site, according to a statement Tuesday. Terms weren’t disclosed and the deal doesn’t include Unit 1, the Exelon Corp.-owned reactor that’s scheduled to be closed in September.