Nuclear / Radioactive
Inside this geometric mound, with a skin of coarsely crushed rock, is a demolished uranium mill and its radioactive tailings. The mill was buried in 1992 by the Department of Energy, one of around 20 uranium mill tailings sites in the US that were remediated as part of the Uranium Mill Tailings...
Arkansas's only nuclear power plant is located near Russelville. It has two reactor units, opened in 1974 and 1978, generating a total of 1,800 megawatts. Unit Two uses the tall cylindrical cooling structure, and Unit 1 discharges its cooling water into the adjacent Lake Dardanelle. The plant's...
Reactive Metals Incorporated (RMI) is a private company that processed uranium for reactors at the Department of Energy's Savannah River Site and the N-Reactor at Hanford, WA. Primarily formed fuel rods out of uranium billet supplied by the Fernald Feed Plant, using DOE-owned extrusion presses....
Barnwell is one of only a few commercial radioactive waste disposal facilities in the country. It is next to the DOE's Savannah River Site, one of the largest nuclear technology locations in the nation. The 300-acre Barnwell facility accepts dry, low-level radioactive waste from all over the...
Texas' first nuclear power complex is the South Texas project in Bay City, one of two nuclear plants in the state. The South Texas Project has 2 reactors. Unit1 has the highest output capability of any nuclear reactor in the country: 1,251 megawatts. The South Texas unit 2, has the second...
A chemical and radioactive waste dump, and one of the few commercial facilities that can accept certain low-level radioactive and mixed hazardous/PCB wastes. It opened in 1970, as a radioactive waste site, and has over 1 million cubic yard capacity. Famous briefly for lending radioactive machinery...
Navy nuclear propulsion lab, owned by the Department of Energy, and operated by Betchel. Engaged in research and development into nuclear propulsion plants, and has a lab and field test facility at the Naval Reactors Facility, within the Idaho National Engineering Lab, in Idaho. The installation...
A "nuclear waste" site, as it was called by its owner, Ed Grothus, a former worker at Los Alamos Lab, who quit bomb work there for ethical reasons in the 1960s, and became a celebrated and entertaining antinuclear activist. The Black Hole is a dense collection of cast off instruments and appliances...
The Bradbury Science Museum, located in the town of Los Alamos, is the information center and science museum operated by Los Alamos National Lab, and contains many interesting exhibits and displays, including much related to the nuclear testing program.
This Tennessee Valley Authority nuclear plant has had a number of incidents. In 1975, a worker looking for leaks with a lighted candle started a fire that burned out all the electrical controls for the reactor, causing $100 million in damages, and a near disaster when cooling water temperature for...
The largest underground nuclear test conducted by the United States, Project Cannikin was one of three underground nuclear tests performed at different places on this 43-mile long island in the Aleutian Chain. This $200 million 1971 test was performed to test an Anti-Ballistic Missile warhead, for...
A processing facility handling radium, uranium and other ores operated here, in western Pennsylvania, from 1911 to 1957. Radioactive contamination at the site was addressed in the 1980s, and the materials were isolated in a pentagonal disposal cell, and capped with erosion-resistant layers, topped...
The Central Nevada Test Site Base Camp is a cluster of small technical buildings, sheds, residences, and an airstrip, with a recently upgraded and lighted runway. It is now used primarily by the Air Force in association with activities at the Nellis Range Complex, such as the threat emitter site...
This network of mounds, 80 miles west of Salt Lake City, is one of the major locations for the disposal of radioactively contaminated structures, equipment, and debris from across the United States. It was originally established as a repository for buildings and debris from nuclear weapons...
In 1954, a dust-filled movie called "The Conqueror", starring John Wayne as Genghis Kahn, was shot in this valley, on ground that had been recently subjected to fallout from a series of nuclear tests at the nearby Nevada Test Site (especially dirty at this time was the 1953 above-ground test code-...
Sometimes called the Atlas Site, this is the base of operations for the Department of Energy in Nevada and the Pacific Ocean, and the main administrative, research, and engineering complex for the primary contractor at the Nevada Test Site, Bechtel, Nevada (until 1996 it was EG...
The Durango Uranium Mill was one of two uranium recovery plants in Colorado set up secretly in 1943 to produce uranium for the Manhattan Project. Uranium from this site, and the other in Uravan, was shipped to the new secret refinery in Grand Junction, now the DOE's Grand Junction Lab. This uranium...
One of six radon health mines in this part of Montana, which apparently are the only active radon health mines in the United States. The Earth Angel, a former gold mine, has the strongest concentration of radon gas, limiting users to 20 visits at a stretch (instead of the usual 30). Halfway down...
Sirens such as this one are installed in three Massachusetts communities near the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in southern Vermont. In the event of an accident at the plant, the siren would emit a steady three to five minute tone, after which residents should tune to an Emergency Alert radio...
A demolished uranium mill and associated radioactive tailings were consolidated into this mound, 40 miles south of San Antonio, in 1994. The mill operated from 1961 to 1973, extracting uranium from local sandstone using a sulfuric acid leaching process. An injection well solution mining process...
For thirty years, a 365 square mile area around the Farallon Islands served as the nation's primary nuclear waste dumping ground. From 1945 to 1970, when nuclear dumping at sea was prohibited, an estimated 47,500 barrels of radioactive debris from nuclear labs such as Lawrence Livermore were dumped...
This 400MW reactor at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation was built in 1982 for breeder reactor research and enriched uranium production, and is owned by the U.S. Department of Energy. It was closed in 1992, and currently is in a state of cold shut down. It is in the 400 Area of Hanford, outside the...
Faultless was a large (approx. one megaton) underground nuclear experiment conducted in 1968 to test the possibility of developing the area as a second nuclear testing location. The Central Nevada Test Site would have hosted several high-yield nuclear tests associated with anti-ballistic missile...
The Fernald Feed Material Production Center was the government's principal uranium processing facility, supplying material for the nuclear weapons program from 1951 to 1989. The site had nine plants within a heavily industrialized 136-acre complex, surrounded by a thousand-acre buffer zone. It...
The lab where the first nuclear chain reaction took place, in 1942, was in a converted handball court at the University of Chicago, under the grandstands at the Stagg Field Stadium. Stagg Field was demolished in the late 1960's, but a monument was constructed at the site, a 12 foot tall bronze...
The Dawn Mining Company operated the last active uranium mill in the state near the town of Ford in eastern Washington, until its closure in 1982. The mill once produced around 50,000 pounds per year of material which was further refined into fuel for commercial nuclear power plants. The source was...
This uranium tailings impoundment and disposal cell was built by Umetco, the uranium mining company that operated the mill at the site from 1960 to 1985. Reclamation of the site was mostly completed in 2006. Tailings from other locations, such as the Riverton uranium mill, are enclosed in this cell...
The Gasbuggy Nuclear Test Site is the location of a 1967 underground nuclear explosion, conducted to test the viability of using a nuclear device to aid in natural gas extraction. It was part of the Plowshare Program, the program to develop peaceful uses of nuclear weapons, and was the first use of...
The Project Gnome Site is the location of a 1961 underground nuclear test conducted by the Atomic Energy Commission, near Loving, New Mexico. This was the first test in the Plowshare Program, a program to develop peaceful uses for nuclear weapons. The Lawrence Radiation Lab (which later became...
A nuclear power plant with a single 520-foot-tall cooling tower. Located on a 2,300-acre site on the east bank of the Mississippi River, Grand Gulf opened in 1982, and reached full capacity in 1985. The plant has an output capacity of 1,300 megawatts. A planned second reactor was never built....