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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Today marks 50 years since Fermi 1 accident

It was 50 years ago today that Monroe County was the site of the worst nuclear accident at a U.S. commercial power plant, years before Three Mile Island captivated the nation.

 The incident occurred around 3 p.m. at the now-defunct Fermi 1 plant in Frenchtown Township near Monroe and involved the partial meltdown of nuclear fuel in the reactor's core. No one was hurt and no dangerous radiation released in the Oct. 5, 1966, mishap. However, the plant remained shut down for nearly four years. It reopened in July 1970 but then was permanently shut for economic reasons in 1972 after producing just a trickle of electricity.

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