What will become of Three Mile Island’s nuclear waste if the plant closes?

Wallace McKelvey | Monday, March 18, 2019, Harrisburg Patriot News

THREE MILE ISLAND’s short-term survival currently rests with Harrisburg lawmakers and lobbyists but the storied nuclear power plant’s ultimate fate is already known:

It will eventually be decommissioned and, for now at least, its radioactive waste will be stored on site for years to come.

The specifics are still murky but the outcomes of other shuttered reactors illustrate a long and often fraught process. In decades past, spent fuel and other contaminated materials were shipped to federal compounds where they were warehoused or buried underground. Growing health and environmental concerns put a stop to that practice, resulting in radioactive elements being stored at dozens of reactors across the country.

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