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1. It's a few days late, but wanted to take readers on a short journey I made Friday afternoon on the final day of operation of Three Mile Island. #TMI
2. Growing up in #LancasterCounty, it was nearly impossible to avoid the shadow of the #TMI cooling towers looming large on the banks of the Susquehanna River, steam constantly rising high on the horizon.
3. I wasn't even 2 years old when disaster struck #TMI's Unit 2 reactor. My brother was just a week old. My mother still tells the story of packing the car and getting ready to go to relatives in #SomersetCounty because of the fear of the unknown.
4. With an event so large in my life, I needed to be there for its last day. After finishing work at @cpbj, I hopped on Route 441 in #Harrisburg and headed south, driving through historic #Middletown and right to the gate of @TMI_Unit1. #TMI
5. I stopped at the @ExelonGen #TMI Training Center parking lot to get a better look at @TMI_Unit1 and the damaged Unit 2. Several news organizations had also gathered in the parking lot, cameras focused on the cooling towers to catch a glimpse of the last bit of steam.
6. I know it's only steam, but there was always something eerie about the thick clouds of water vapor coming out of the cooling towers of @TMI_Unit1. It was also strange to think that this was the last time I would see this view at #TMI. @CPBJ @ExelonGen
7. It's also a little concerning when you see "continuous air samplers" running outside the @ExelonGen #TMI Training Center with contact info for the chemistry operator if they're malfunctioning. It's long been hypothesized as to what was released from Unit 1 during the accident.
8. By the time I took this footage, the @TMI_Unit1 reactor had already been powered down. Activity was still evident from the complex, but it was joining its sister reactor, Unit 2, in retirement. @CPBJ
9. The cooling towers of @TMI_Unit1 are ever present in the surrounding farmland of #DauphinCounty and #LancasterCounty, seemingly popping up from the cornfields.
10. I drove to the Stevens Hill Community Church of the Brethren on Turnpike Road in Conoy Township to get a distant view of @TMI_Unit. The presence of #TMI stands large over the valley.
11. Crickets chirped under the power lines of @TMI_Unit1 on one of the last days of summer. The crackling of the last electricity running through the lines could also be heard overhead. #TMI @CPBJ
12. The crackling electricity overhead was a little unnerving coming from the power lines of @TMI_Unit1. @CPBJ
13. A significant chapter in the history of Central Pennsylvania is now closed with the decommissioning of @TMI_Unit1. The towers will remain for decades, the nuclear waste will remain onsite, and #TMI will continue to be listed in history books.
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