Arkansas Nuclear One Power Plant, Arkansas

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 construction contractor was Bechtel, and it is operated by Entergy Nuclear, which operates nine other nuclear plants in the USA, including Indian Point in New York, and Vermont Yankee. In 2015, the Nuclear Regulatory Agency rated the plant the worst in the United States, due to a number of incidents and safety violations, including an industrial accident in 2013, which resulted in the death of a worker. The plant is now subject to comprehensive NRC inspections. There are 60 commercially operating nuclear power plants containing 98 nuclear reactors in the USA.