Only in York County

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It’s been 30 years

I took the photo above in January 2008, as my husband and I were driving home from New Year’s festivities in Mount Joy. We were rambling along the river, and I couldn’t miss the chance to capture this iconic York County shot of the cooling towers at Three Mile Island.

Looks peaceful, doesn’t it? But 30 years ago today, it was anything but. That was the day of the near-meltdown at TMI.

Looking back – with the perspective of someone whose family was here, but who wasn’t quite born yet – I can see the good and the bad of living in the shadow of TMI. It brings jobs and energy to the area, but always a degree of risk, as those who shared their memories from 1979 can surely attest.

But one thing is for sure. You don’t get much more “Only in York County” than Three Mile Island, especially today.

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