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Power Failures

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Tags: Nuclear reactors, groundwater leaks, nuclear safety, ,

One of the most disconcerting maps I’ve seen in a while is now featured on the Union of Concerned Scientists website. The map organizes the 125 nuclear reactors in the United States, including proposed reactors and the ones that have been shut down. Up until this point, I had been living in blissful ignorance that there are at least two working reactors housed within my home state of Minnesota.

The nearest nuclear reactors to me both have serious safety concerns, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists. There’s a multi-reactor site about 55 miles away from me that has reported groundwater leaks. There’s another reactor about 40 miles away that, according to Union of Concerned Scientists, has deficiencies that make it “vulnerable to a terrorist attack.” See if there are any near you by clicking on the link.

Bennett Gordon