Nuclear / Radioactive
A 77-acre disposal cell containing the tailings and buildings from a former uranium mill originally built by Kerr-McGee in 1954, and operated until 1963. The mill is on Navajo Nation land, in the town of Shiprock, and next to the San Juan River. The DOE consolidated the contamination at the mill...
One of two major underground nuclear tests in Nevada that were performed off the Nevada Test Site. Conducted in 1963, Shoal was an experiment to study earthquake effects. A 12 kiloton bomb was detonated 1,200 feet below the surface. The site now is unmarked and unfenced, though radioactivity...
The Slick Rock Uranium Disposal Cell in Burro Canyon is one of around 20 similar radioactive waste disposal cells in the USA created to entomb the remains of former uranium processing operations. The cell is 900 feet long and covers 12 acres, and contains over a million dry tons of waste material,...
Two adjacent uranium mills operated here and have been mostly erased, as part of the federal government’s Uranium Mill Tailings Radiation Control Act (UMTRCA). What is know today as Slick Rock East was the first mill here, built in 1931, which was used to extract radium salts and vanadium. In 1945...
The Split Rock Mill was a uranium mill in Jeffrey City, operated by Western Nuclear Inc. from 1957 to 1981. In 1988 the mill facilities were demolished and buried in a prepared area at the mill site and the land contoured. Its three tailings impoundments have also been remediated. This was a major...
The Spook Uranium Disposal Cell, in the Powder River Basin, is another uranium mine closure site, but a bit different than most. The cell was built to contain the wastes from a uranium processing mill that operated here from 1962 to 1965. Instead of making a mound and capping it with coarse-crushed...
Originally home to two pressurized water reactors, until becoming the site of the most serious accident to befall the U.S. nuclear power industry to date. As originally conceived, Unit 1 contained an 837MW reactor, while Unit 2 contained a 906MW reactor. Unit 1's operating license was granted in...
The site of the world's first nuclear blast, the Trinity shot of the Manhattan Project, is on the north end of the 4,000 square mile White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. The site consists of a fenced area that encloses much of the ground-zero area, with a monument at its center. Though the...
The only nuclear power plant in Oregon shut down twenty years early, after a cracked steam tube released radioactive gas into the plant in 1992. It cost $450 million to build the plant, and it is expected to cost the same amount, at least, to make it go away. In 2001, the 1,000-ton 1,130-megawatt...
Tailings from a uranium mine and mill were buried here as part of the Uranium Mill Tailings Remedial Action Project. The cell is 50 acres in size, and is located on the Navajo Nation. The Tuba City mill was built in 1955-56 by the Rare Metals Corporation of America and included limited employee...
A former uranium and vanadium mining and milling town, which operated from the early 1900's until 1984, becoming profusely contaminated with radioactive materials, metals, and inorganic toxins in the process. In 1984, Umetco, a subsidiary of Dow Chemical, assumed management of the facility. In 1986...
A nuclear power plant located on the Connecticut River, at the southern end of the state. This single reactor plant, which went on line in 1972, produced around 550 megawatts, enough for 500,000 homes. It was the only major power plant in the state, and produced nearly 80% of the electricity...
The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) is the first major underground nuclear waste disposal facility to be built in the United States, and so far also the only one. This Department of Energy (DOE) facility east of Carlsbad, New Mexico, is a final disposal site for government-generated radioactive...
Waterford Nuclear Power Plant, Unit 3, (also known as Waterford Steam Electric Station, Unit 3), is located in Killona, Louisiana, within St. Charles Parish, adjacent to the west bank of the Mississippi River - the source of its cooling water. It is home to a single pressurized water...
Watts Bar Nuclear Power Plant located on the northern end of the Chickamauga Reservoir, is home to the two newest commercial pressurized water reactors in the U.S., as of 2019. Construction of both units began in 1973, but was subject to numerous unanticipated delays and lengthy hiatuses. The...
A 45-acre disposal cell has been erected in the middle of this former WWII ordnance plant outside St. Louis, to contain the uranium-related contamination from federal weapons work at the site. From 1956 to 1967, the Atomic Energy Commission operated a chemical works on part of the grounds of the...
The first and only commercial spent-fuel rod reprocessing plant in the USA. Operated briefly between 1966 and 1972, by Nuclear Fuel Services Inc., the idea of reprocessing nuclear fuel in the United States was abandoned. Spent fuel rods sit in a pool of water, waiting for permanent disposal. The...
In the 1970's, the Washington Public Power Supply System (WPPSS, aka "whoops") began the largest nuclear power plant construction project in U.S. history: reactors 1, 2, and 4 at Hanford, and reactors 3 and 5 at Satsop, west of Olympia. As the budget swelled to $25 billion, and public opinion...
Located on the western edge of the Nevada Test Site, Yucca Mountain is the only site being considered as an underground repository for the nation's commercial nuclear waste. A $10 billion program to study the site and partially build the repository has been underway since the early 1980's. In 2008...