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The 5 Worst Nuclear Reactors


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Could your town be the next Chernobyl? If you live near one of these five reactors, you might want to invest in some haz-mat suits for you and the kids. Find out more about why you should be worried in Nucler Roulette: The Truth About the Most Dangerous Energy Source on Earth:

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The 5 Worst Nuclear Reactors

  1. 1. Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station, Oak Harbor,OH: A Reactor with a Hole in its HeadFor years, corrosive acids escaped from the reactor, eating away at its massivemetal cap until only a thin layer of stainless steel remained. The hole was justthe latest serious problem at this plant, which has had more near-misses thanany other.
  2. 2. Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Station, San LuisObispo, CA: A Nuclear Plant on a Fault LineFromworkersignoringbrokensafetyvalves,engineersinstallingcriticalpartsupside down, and the inconvenient fact that there’s a fault line just 2000 feetaway, the Diablo Canyon plant should make the citizens of San Luis Obispoworried.
  3. 3. Indian Point Nuclear Plant: 24 Miles North ofNew York CityContaining as much fissile material as 1,000 Hiroshima bombs, straddlingtwo intersecting fault lines, and located just twenty-four miles from thebiggest city in the country, Indian Point is considered the United States’ mostdangerous reactor.
  4. 4. San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station,Pendleton, CA: Mysterious LeaksLocated between the densely populated cities of Los Angeles and San Diego,the San Onofre plant surprised inspectors when they discovered “unusual”corrosion in nearly 1,000 tubes that carry radioactive water through theplant.
  5. 5. Vermont Yankee, Vernon, Vermont: Fires, ACooling Tower Collapse, and Radiation LeaksIn 2007, Vermont Yankee experienced a series of maintenance problems thatincludedthedramaticcollapseofacoolingtower.Awaterfallofhigh-pressurewater burst from a ruptured coolingpipe and tore a gaping hole in the plant’swall. Entergy was able to hide the damage—but only until a concernedemployee leaked a photo of the wreck-age to the press.