(WBRE/WYOU-TV) It is the 40th Anniversary of the partial meltdown of Three Mile Island Nuclear power plant.
Life after T-M-I there is talk of a bailout of the nuclear industry in the Commonwealth. Plus, friend or foe? People are talking about living near a nuclear power plant. The I-Team’s Andy Mehalshick has the story.
“Most of us here we don’t know Berwick without it. It’s a fixture. It’s our little skyscraper when we look off into the distance its part of who we are,” Said Jonathan Nespoli, Owner of Nespoli Jewelers.
And we heard that over and over again from folks in the Berwick area John Nespoli, owns Nespoli Jewelers on Front Street he says the plant, owned by Talen Energy, has been a good neighbor.
“It’s got job security. It employs a lot of people and pays them well. The best part about that is the way they give back to our community. They are very active with our local nonprofits,” Said Nespoli.
Jim Bach is president of the Shickshinny business association. He says he and others are concerned about talk in Harrisburg that some nuclear power plants in Pennsylvania, not the one near Berwick, may be forced to close because of increased competition form the natural gas industry and reliance on renewable energy sources.
“If we close them there would be no competition for the gas companies and if they would raise the rates because there is no competition. Also, we’d be losing a lot of jobs and money economically. I think that would hurt the area,” Said Bach.
Mary Hoover lived near T-M-I during the 1979 incident. She now lives near Nanticoke.
“I think it’s safe. I just think there was some kind of glitch. Somebody didn’t pay a whole lot of attention to it and I don’t think there is anything that’s 100 percent proof,” Said Mary Hoover who lived near TMI now lives in Wanamie.
The facility employees about 1,000 people and pays nearly $5 million dollars a year in local taxes.