Here are a few HDR shots of the chimney stacks of Three Mile Island (circa 2009), taken from the west side of the Susquehanna river. Although it’s not clear from the photos, there are 4 chimney stacks, originally servicing 2 reactors. After the famous partial meltdown on the 2nd reactor in 1979, two of the chimney stacks were decommissioned, so steam only rises out of the two stacks still in use. On some days, the steam can be seen for miles.
An airline passenger at Harrisburg International Airport watches steam rise from the chimneys in the distance:
The sign near the entrance of the Nuclear Power Plant reads:
On March 28, 1979, and for several days thereafter — as a result of tehcnical malfunctions and human error — Three Mile Island’s Unit 2 Nuclear Generating Station was the scene of the nations worst commercial nuclear accident. Radiation was released, a part of the nuclear core was damaged, and thousands of residents evacuated the area. Events here would cause basic changes throughout the world’s nuclear power industry.
By the way, Three Mile Island was used as the site for the climax of X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
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