MIDDLETOWN, PA – TMI will shut down this fall. Exelon Generation announced Wednesday Three Mile Island Generating Station Unit 1 (TMI) will shut down by September 20, as previously threatened earlier this year.
Exelon says with only three legislative session days remaining in May, no action has been taken to advance a bill in Harrisburg that would help with the plants finances. Exelon says it is clear, a state policy solution will not be enacted before June 1, which would’ve been in time to reverse the premature retirement of the plant.
Exelon Generation senior vice president and chief nuclear officer Bryan Hanson says the company will offer affected employees other positions who wish to say and are willing to relocate.
Back in May 2017, Exelon said the station would prematurely shut down, absent policy reform, due to economic challenges.
Governor Tom Wolf issued the following statement: “I was disappointed to learn this morning’s unfortunate news and continue to stand today with the workers at Three Mile Island and the surrounding community. I have directed the Department of Labor & Industry to immediately begin plans to engage with these workers about their futures, and a Rapid Response team is in the process of being deployed. They are skilled workers who are in-demand in the economy. While I understand the operator is working to offer internal positions to these workers, we will not spare our resources to provide assistance to those who will be impacted.
“I still believe it is essential to continue this important conversation about preserving and growing Pennsylvania’s carbon-free energy footprint. I remain hopeful that a consensus on a path forward can be reached in the coming weeks.”