LILCO Shoreham Nuclear Power Plant
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The Shoreham Nuclear Power Plant in East Shoreham, NY has never been fully operational.
The Shoreham facility was built by the Long Island Lighting Company (LILCO) between 1973 and 1984 and was intended to provide electrical power for New York residents living in the borough of Queens, as well as in Nassau and Suffolk counties.
In 1979 a nuclear generating station on Three Mile Island (TMI) in nearby Pennsylvania had a partial meltdown. It remains the most significant nuclear energy accident in the U.S. and turned public opinion against nuclear energy.
Following the event at TMI, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued regulations for power plants to develop emergency evacuation plans. In 1983 the Suffolk County Legislature rejected LILCO’s evacuation plan for Shoreham. New York Governor Mario Cuomo ordered state power regulatory authorities to reject any LILCO plan.
The Shoreham plant never received more than limited permission from the federal government to run low-powered tests. It was decommissioned in 1989 and its assets purchased by the Long Island Power Authority, created for this specific purpose. In 1992, it became the first commercial nuclear power plant to be dismantled.
Years of Operation: Completed in 1985, the plant was never fully operation
Address: East Shoreham, NY