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This is the control room for the Unit 1 reactor at Exelon Corporation Three Mile Island nuclear generating station in Londonderry Township, Dauphin County. 
May 22, 2017.

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

In the absence of a long-term solution, the country’s nuclear power plants are left with one option: indefinite on-site storage.

By Wallace McKelvey, PennLive

Red Whittaker stands beside an early prototype of RadPiper, a pipe-crawling robot that will help decommission uranium enrichment facilities in Ohio and Kentucky. Whittaker has worked in robotics for four decades at Carnegie Mellon University, and he developed several robots in the 1980s that helped clean up after the Three Mile Island Incident.

After TMI accident in ’79, this Carnegie Mellon team pitched a novel idea for cleanup: Use robots. It was just the beginning.

“We had a dream and a few pieces of paper and convinced them that we could solve the problem,” one team member recalled.

By Amy Sisk

Three Mile Island nuclear power plant.

Lawmakers seek support for nuclear bailout bill

The memo is a first step toward introducing legislation to bail out Pennsylvania’s nuclear power industry, and provides the first look at what a proposal might contain.

By Marie Cusick

Three Mile Island power plant.

Smart Talk: Pennsylvania’s nuclear dilemma: Should the state bail out plants?

A recent caucus report urged Pa. to look at what other states have done
By Merideth Bucher

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry answers questions during a media availability following a tour of Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, N.M., on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018. Perry said he was confident that Sandia and Los Alamos National Laboratory will continue to play significant roles in the nation's weapons program.

Scott Brady, U.S. attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, speaks Friday at a press conference about an indictment against Russian military officials accused of trying to hack into the computer systems of a nuclear power company near Pittsburgh, as well as anti-doping agencies around the globe.

In this Feb. 25, 2010, file photo, an Exelon Corp. employee walks past equipment in the turbine building at the Oyster Creek Generating Station, a nuclear power plant in Lacey Township, N.J. Shutting down the site of the nation's oldest nuclear power plant will take 60 years and cost $1.4 billion, according to a plan filed May 21, 2018, by a subsidiary of Chicago-based Exelon Corp. and under review by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Sale of Oyster Creek nuclear plant could speed decommissioning by decades

Environmentalists happy facility would be cleaned up faster than originally planned, but concerned about details
By Tom Johnson, NJ Spotlight

Three Mile Island power plant.

As nuclear power loses ground to natural gas, environmentalists are torn: Are the risks worth saving it for climate’s sake?

If nuclear plants close, carbon emissions are likely to rise. Yet environmentalists have opposed nuclear power over concerns including radioactive waste.

By Reid Frazier

FirstEnergy's Bruce Mansfield Power Plant in Shippingport, Pa.

The Beaver Valley station generates electricity with nuclear power in Beaver County.