Satsop Nuclear Plant

source: Jack Broom, Seattle Times
Can you say "Whoops?" That's how the media and public pronounced the initials WPPSS of the Washington Public Power Supply System, a consortium of public-energy utilities.

Back in the 1970s, with demand for electricity growing rapidly in the Northwest, WPPSS planned to build five nuclear power plants " two here and three at Hanford in Eastern Washington.

But by the early 1980s, those plans began to unravel. Costs of the projects had soared, concerns about nuclear power's safety was growing and a new emphasis on energy conservation meant the region might not need as much electricity as previously thought.

In 1983, all that added up to a $ 2.25 billion default on WPPSS bonds, freezing construction with one of the Satsop reactors 75 percent complete.

For years the site sat dormant. Under state law, the abandoned projects would have to be dismantled. "That would have cost about $100 million " and that's a conservative estimate," Garrow said.

Instead, local officials saw the chance to turn a fiasco into a fortuity. Why not turn the aborted plant into a source of jobs for Grays Harbor County, where declines in timber and fishing have produced high unemployment?

Here is my photo study of the facility:

Sometimes sound gives you a better sense of the size of these structures than pictures .... listen to this!

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  3. abandoned plant
  4. washington
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Comments


Mark de LA says
Cute stubby!

Mark de LA says
OOPSIE!
http://www.infowars.com/fukushima-didnt-just-suffer-3-meltdowns-it-also-suffered-melt-throughs-and-melt-outs/
... They don't really know where the hell the core is at Fukishima except all over Japan.
Does this not put the lid on nuclear civilian power?


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