Legislation designed to pump hundreds of millions of ratepayer dollars into Three Mile Island and Pennsylvania’s other nuclear power plants is being introduced today and could usher in heated debate over whether the plants deserve what critics call a bailout. The debate in Pennsylvania’s Capitol will run up against a June 1 deadline. That’s when Three Mile Island’s owner, Chicago-based Exelon Corp., has said it will begin the monthslong process of shutting down the financially struggling plant that was the site of a terrifying partial meltdown in 1979. The bill’s sponsor Rep. Thomas Mehaffie of Dauphin, said the plan is projected to cost ratepayers around $500 million a year by requiring nuclear power get preferential treatment like what solar and wind power receive.

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