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Nuclear reactor from Oregon

The Trojan Nuclear Plant began operation in March of 1976 in order to add a new source of energy to support the growing populations in Portland, Oregon and the greater Pacific Northwest. When it began operation the Trojan Plant was the largest nuclear power plant in the United States.

From the outset the plant was riddled with problems. Costs for constructing the plant and maintaining it were under estimated, leaving tax payers in the area with the burden of picking u the tab in the form of higher energy rates. Customers in the region were used low energy rates, sometimes half as much as the rest of the country, thanks in most part to the abundance of hydro-electric power in the Pacific Northwest. High costs and unhappy customers, coupled with a growing anti-nuclear movement in the 1970s and 1980s, prevented the plant from reaching the potential its creators had hoped for.

After a radioactive gas release in 1992, the plant was shut down. The was decommissioned and torn down at the coast of over 400 million dollars. Currently there are still 800 spent fuel rods and almost 400 tons of uranium that are stored at the site of the Trojan plant waiting to be moved to a national radioactive waste dump. With its location next to the Columbia River and directly over a major fault line, many in the area are calling for the removal of the radioactive material as soon as possible. The reactor from the plant now sits in a 45 foot deep hole at the Hanford Reservation.

Pictures of the Decommissioning of the Trojan Reactor

References


http://ludb.clui.org/ex/i/OR3142/

http://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2008/08/the_basics_on_nuclear_power_an.html

http://www.oregonencyclopedia.org/entry/view/trojan_nuclear_power_plant/

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