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

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.

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York countians will look up some day and TMI’s cooling towers will be down

Steam from TMI Unit 1’s cooling tower is seen in this York, Pa., Daily Record/Sunday News file photo. That scene has remained unchanged since the partial meltdown of Unit 2’s reactor in 1979. In 40 years, those cooling towers, worldwide symbols of nuclear energy and its downside will be no more. TMI Unit 2 is slated to be dismantled and demolished alongside TMI Unit 1 starting in 2044, according to a YDR story. TMI Unit 1’s operating license extends to 2034. So what are now internationally known symbols will pass into history within the lifetimes of many York countians.

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How a bird sees steam plumes from Three Mile Island: Linked in with neat York County history stuff, March 29, 2012

This aerial view from above northeastern York County shows the steam plumes from the two operable cooling towers of Three Mile Island. Actually, you don’t need a bird’s-eye view to see the plumes. Look in that direction from the York-area … Continue reading

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Where can this Susquehanna River plaque be found? Linked in with neat history stuff: March 30, 2010

The message in this plaque gives some clues about its whereabouts. Hint: It’s not in York County, Pa.. Second hint: It’s been in the news recently. Stumped? See second York, Pa., Daily Record/Sunday News photograph below for the answer. Also … Continue reading

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In the shadow of disaster: York County and its newspaper tested 30 years ago

This iconic Associated Press photo shows then-President Jimmy Carter, center, with Harold Denton, left, of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and then-Gov. Dick Thornburgh, left rear, in Three Mile Island’s Unit 2 control room on April 1, 1979. Two weeks … Continue reading

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Availability of microfilm about York, Pa., an oft-posed question

This photo, appearing on the York Daily Record’s front page, is an example of the treasures found in microfilm. It shows TMI shortly before the accident in 1979 disabled Unit No. 2. It is possibly one of the last newspaper … Continue reading

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