How 2 views of Three Mile Island show change in 35 years

Linked in/Neat stuff: Dillsburg, a party town?/Big bow-and-arrow case

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This isn’t listed in the favorite photos from 2013 on the Look blog, but it could be. It’s an unusual look at the often-photographed cooling towers on Three Mile Island. The two disabled towers from Unit 2, the scene of the 1979 partial meltdown of the reactor core, are in the foreground in this Jason Plotkin photograph. Steam is emerging from the cooling towers associated with Unit 1. Compare this look with that below of the nuclear power plant prior to the accident below. Also of interest: York countians will look up some day and TMI’s cooling towers will be down.

The towers of Three Mile Island on the morning of Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. Jason Plotkin – Daily Record/Sunday News
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This photo shows TMI shortly before the accident disabled Unit No. 2. As I have written before, it might be the last newspaper photograph to capture steam rising from No. 2′s cooling towers. Today, as we saw above, steam rises from Unit 1′s towers, and Unit 2′s stacks are partially dismantled. Also of interest: Here’s how a bird sees plumes from TMI.

Other neat stuff from all over … .

Hate to see this: A 19th-century theater is coming down in Bellefonte.

Covering history: This YDR story is about a bow-and-arrow case in southeastern York County, a kind of sign-of-the-times story. But it covers several big civil cases that the county has found itself involved in over the years.

They know how to party up in Dillsburg. But that’s nothing new. Check out: Birthday borough Dillsburg: ‘Seems to be York County’s wild child.’

About Jim McClure

Editor of the York Daily Record/Sunday News, ydr.com and its many digital products. East Region Editor, Digital First Media. Journalism/history blogger: yorktownsquare.com. Author or co-author of seven York County, Pa., history books.
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