Arkansas Nuclear One

Nuclear power plant near Russellville, AR. I'm glad I'm not downwind. Not so much for what comes out of the plant on a day-to-day basis, but in case of catastrophic failure or terrorist attack.

  • T-Town Photo Booth 7y

    It is in the middle of nowhere...in a way. Nearby Russellville isn't exactly huge, but Little Rock is only about an hour away.
    I agree that what is coming out of the cooling tower is far less polluting than what comes out of oil refineries or coal-fired plants, but you also got it right when you mention the waste storage
    Right now, there is plenty of nuclear waste in our nation that isn't even being stored properly. Look at how long the Yucca Mountain project has been delayed due to the "not in my backyard" phenomenon.
    I don't blame anyone for fighting against storing nuclear waste, or having it trucked through their neighborhoods. Nuclear power plants are built by humans, and some will...eventually...fail in one way or another.
    To think that this won't happen is the kind of arrogance that gets the human species in a lot of trouble sometimes. I don't care if gas hits $10 per gallon...I'll fight to stop any new nuclear plants being built. They try another one like the failed Black Fox proposal here in Oklahoma, and I'll likely be one of the fist people thrown in jail during a protest.
  • Adric Antfarm 7y

    Coal has killed a lot more people (black lung, mine accidents) over the years in the US than nuclear power has ever (or will ever) kill.
  • T-Town Photo Booth 7y

    I'm with you on the first part about killer coal, but it's tough to buy the second part. It takes a lot of faith in the inherently flawed human beings that build and maintain nuclear plants, as well as transport and store the waste, to make the leap that it won't eventually kill more.

    Considering that people are still dying from the effects of exposure to radiation from the Chernobyl disaster 22 years ago, we already know it's impossible to predict how many will die from the direct result of radiation exposure from nuclear power.

    Since some of those dying were exposed to the radiation many years after the disaster, it's hard to see an end in sight. The enclosure around reactor number four was designed to last only 20 years, so the Germans and French have had to come in and help the Russians reinforce it. The new containment structure for the reactor isn't scheduled to be complete until 2012, and it is reported to be the largest movable structure ever created by man. Hmmm...wonder why they didn't build it on site. Perhaps the fived legged bears roaming the woods deterred them.

    By the way, I hate coal, too. We're stuck being slaves to carbon-based fuel sources for now, but the time will come when the demand exceeds supply to the point that renewable energy replaces most of this.

    Take a look at upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/23/Chernobyl_rad... and you can see why I'd oppose any plant in Oklahoma.
  • Adric Antfarm 7y

    All Chernobyl is an example of is how badly the USSR (and commie system as a whole) works. The French (a little less commie than the former USSR) get more than half their power from nuclear and are a better example of how safe it is (operated and maintained properly).

    However, we’ll do the math using the (inflated) Greenpeace numbers for Chernobyl. As there were only 56 direct deaths, we have to look at "cancer" deaths which the greenies claim is 200,000. They don’t mention this is after the USSR health system fell apart and cancer deaths are more common now since you can't get treatment. A German report suggests 60,000, but I'll give you the middle (100k). Each year in the US, 4000 new cases of black lung are reported. 10,000 in China. I won't include the numbers of people who have health issues or death from coal burning (even if you got your Chernobyl cancer numbers) or mine accidents, but you can see the math still works in favor of nuclear even when things go wrong.

    Hell, people are now living very happy in Hiroshima and Nagasaki and that was a planned discharge. Yes, I know-- you see Chernobyl on TV, but rarely a West Virginia coal town (where my father's side of the family is from) and the devastation of workers, land, and towns. We have Chernobyl’s all over America. You and the media just don’t care.

    Yes, the current Chernobyl enclosure is cracking, but the planned enclosure is due in 2012 and the danger is less each year. Collapse would be a one time deal and the neighborhood is hardly occupied these days (but yes- there would be limited exposure as it will take around 100 years before they can even think about putting up condos). I installed the Adobe plug-in (nothing else would view your odd file). Handy how your SVG zooms into a small regional area to make it look like the entire world when it's a small section of real estate where air blows, not solid data of deaths.

    While your coal vs. nuke math would make Al Gore proud, I agree with you 100% on waste. However, as much as it pains me (and it does), the French must be cited. They recycle the vast majority of waste since the material is still "hot" and usable. They are to the point the waste left over from a family of 4 using electricity for 20 years fits in a cylinder about the size of a cigarette lighter. This does however make your point since even that small amount adds up over the years. The French are now rethinking their idea of burying it (it annoyed people) and going back to the lab to see how to further deplete (even make useful) what is left over. This is something we should be doing, but we are letting the cheese eating surrender monkeys do it which we should be ashamed of.
  • JT 7y

    Not to ruin the political-debate-spawned-by-photography issue at hand, but I had a less heated question... was this shot from the interstate?
  • T-Town Photo Booth 7y

    No reason not to ruin this debate. Cartman and I go way back, and he's not going to budge on this issue, nor am I. I take a lot of shots while driving (I know I'm bad) but I had to pull off the interstate for this one. I did, then started to get right back on, and pulled off to the side of the on ramp, right next to a No Parking sign. I have not seen a similar sign anywhere else in Arkansas, so I really believe it was there due to the location of the power plant.,
  • JT 7y

    Thought so, I've never seen another nuclear plant at all, besides this one, while on my way to Virginia!
  • Mike Goad 7y

    The sign isn't there because of the nuclear plant. You can actually go much closer to the plan to get a picture. You just have to be outside of the security protective area.

    Your picture is not of a nuclear plant. It is the cooling tower for unit 2 of Arkansas Nuclear One. There are four other cooling towers just like it in the state of Arkansas. They are all at coal plants.

    I retired from nuclear power, in fact the plant that you are not showing in your picture. I was an operator and an operations instructor. I taught emergency procedures, mitigating core damage, and severe accident management. I've remotely handled new and spent nuclear fuel. I've taught on the accidents at TMI and at Chernobyl.

    Nuclear is safe.

    But, then, I don't know a thing about it.
  • T-Town Photo Booth 7y

    Thanks for pointing out (twice) that the photo is of a cooling tower. As I understand it, cooling towers are part of a nuclear plant (and the only part visible from the interstate).
    "Safe" is a relative term. While I agree that relatively few accidents have occurred at nuclear plants, it is my opinion that one is too many. On top of that, no safe method of long term disposal of nuclear waste has been devised and tested, and it never will be due to the long time it takes nuclear waste to degrade. That is to say, society as it exists today will likely be long gone by the time waste our generation has produced will be safe.
    I will take $6 per gallon gas and $400 per month electric bills any day over nuclear power. Of course, I'd prefer clean, safe, renewable energy such as wind and solar. If the hundreds of millions of dollars that are slated to be put into nuclear power were diverted to research on clean energy, we'd be using such sources in a few years rather than a few decades.
  • funsky1 7y

    Used to pass it 23 years ago when driving to LR.

    That was about when Three Mile Island was in the news.

    BTW - former Tulsans Steve (retired TPD) and Louise Fink Smith now live and work within miles of TMI!
  • Guardian 4 6y

    PRO or CON
    I would have to say I'm CON!!!
    Having lived 47 yrs in the middle of what was refered to as the "Death Triangle" , each point of this triangle is a nuclear power plant. Each roughly 60 miles from my home.

    1 Three Mile Island
    2 Berwick
    3 Peachbottom

    NOTE: This all occures 12 days after the Release of the Movie
    The CHINA SYNDROME. A MOVIE ABOUT THE VERY SAME INCEDENT

    There are some documentaries on TMI, about this NEAR Disaster, about the hidden disaster thats not shown, cancer, mutations in plants & animals in the surrounding area of TMI.

    A google or a yahoo search of TMI will yield interesting facts
    Wikipepia has a great article.
    VIDEO: TMI Inviting Disaster 2003 --- The History Channel, watch this one !!!
    VIDEO: TMI Revisited 2004-05 not sure of date.aired on freespeechtv / dishnetwork

    People were very scared in my area, schuylkill county 60 miles eastof TMI, those that could left, some never to return.
    The little town of Gouldsburg accross the river, west of the plant is still a ghost town.

    People have you Forgotten how close Major disaster had come?.
    Have You forgotten Chernobyl?

    Use google earth & look for yourself. Yes the plant is cleaned up, nothing is left but a cooling tower now, but look at the surrounding area, There is no activity!!!! NO PEOPLE, hundreds of squire miles of that area of Russia are still uninhabitable. Will be for a long time.

    That could have been the fate of the Entire eastern United States, had TMI Exploded, or any other Nuclear plant that has sprung up since then 1979.

    95 percent are east of the Mississippi river.
    Some Plants are located in geologicaly unstable areas.

    Missouri & Arkansas plants are near the New Madrid fault, the
    { See the History Channel excellant documentary} of the ]notorious 8.2 quake that shook the earth for months in 1811, that rang church bells on both sides of the continent. Changed / reversed the Course of the Mighty Mississippi River
    .
    This is history that needs to be read.!!!

    DO WE NEED A NUCLEAR POWER PLANT IN THAT KIND OF AREA?

    Facts for thought:
    TMI located on the Susquehanna river empties into the
    Cheasepeak Bay.
    The Bay empties into Atlantic Ocean &
    The Gulf Stream, carrying the danger over half the globe.
    Not to mention where the prevailing east ward winds would carry any material blown into the atmosphere should a disaster occur.

    Nuclear disaster is at your door-step,
    It cannot be cleaned up, nutrealized, hidden.
    Dispite what anyone tells you.
    Mankind simply does not have the technology to use this material safely, on planet earth!!!

    There are Safer, Cleaner Alternatives.

    Hydrogen fuel for instance-----It works in the Space Shuttle.
    Proven technology funded by the taxpayer!!! !!!!

    Solar Power, Geothermal, Wind, Tidal --- all vastly safer than Nuclear.

    Its our choice --- a quick death or a clean planet
  • T-Town Photo Booth 6y

    Guardian, I couldn't agree more. Nuclear energy has too many risks associated with it.
    The one problem with Hydrogen is that it takes electricity to make it. Estimates I have seen say that if every vehicle in the USA converted to Hydrogen, we'd need over 100 new nuclear power plants to provide enough electricity to make the Hydrogen in the first place.
  • hankmore 5y

    Gosh, I look for photos of this power plant and I come across all this nonsense.

    Yes it's taken from Interstate 40 ( route 66). I just went by there and took a similar (blurry) shot.

    Regarding the politics of this photo, nuclear is the way to go right now for stationary energy production.

    I suggest some of you read this:
    www.manhattan-institute.org/energymyths/
  • T-Town Photo Booth 5y

    I know it was taken from I-40, because I took it. It wasn't taken from Route 66. Route 66 does not go through any part of Arkansas, and it never has. Perhaps you're thinking of I-44.
    I suggest you not go looking for photos of this plant if you don't want to find the occasional intelligent debate on the dangers of nuclear energy. I'm not going to waste my time reading an article about nuclear energy myths written by the Manhattan Institute. That would be like reading an article by Dick Cheney on the merits of petroleum use.
    All we need to do in order to have sustainable energy in the USA is to stop subsidizing oil companies so alternative energy companies can compete on an even playing field.
  • spindoctorjimbo 5y

    Hey John!
    Thanks so much for the cool image, and for the good work that you're doing. From the tenor of some of the comments here, you may feel like you're up to your ass in alligators.

    Nukes are ludicrous except to the Plutocrats and masters of the universe, who make damned sure that they never live nearby. Here's a link to the article in which I used this image. If you ever need a hand fighting of the alligators, Mike Ewall, a main focus of the article, is your man.
    www.justmeans.com/Democracy-Power-Integrity-Energy-Justic...

    On the other hand, if you need a wordsmith to help you get out the story that no one is telling or that everyone is distorting, then I might be able to help. Here's another piece I wrote, chock full of facts that could help an intrepid voice for sanity such as yours.
    www.justmeans.com/Energy-Visions-Visionary-Energy-Carbon-...

    My name is Jim Hickey, and should you need, my e-mail is spindoctorjimbo@gmail.com.
  • longdongtoo 4y

    had a friend who lived in russellville in 1984. we went fishing a few times at (not next to) the power plant. fishing was very good because the fish seemed to school in the waters warmed by the power plant. i did not have enough balls to eat any of the many catfish and bass we caught there, but the many vietnamese who fished there did.

    i enjoyed most of the twenty-five years i lived in arkansas but got the idea that it was becoming the 'waste can' of the united states. the end of the viet nam war saw thousands of vietnamese refugees housed in ft. smith, ar. same as the 'unwanted' people castro let out of cuba a few years later, they also were relocated to ft. chaffee near ft. smith. the topper, i believe, was the united states making restitution to the people of the marshall islands by letting thousands of them work for tyson foods in the springdale area of arkansas. this was to compensate for the many problems caused in the marshall islands by the U.S. testing of nukes there. soon after arriving in the springdale area, doctors were reporting cases of polio and other diseases that did not exist in the area prior to their arrival. probably work even cheaper than the thousands of hispanic illegals who migrated there.
  • funsky1 4y

    You know - most of the sport fishin' lakes around Charlotte, NC provide cooling water to several Duke Energy nukes.

    You can boat, you can fish - but no swimming allowed - though folks have slides on private piers - into the water....

    Not like goin' to Lake Keystone - I guess...
  • richard.hardcandy 4y

    Thanks for this photo. I've used it in an advert for a project high school flic.kr/p/9CFQSu.
  • Dandelion Salad 2y

    Great shot. Thanks for having a CC license on your photo. I've used it on this very serious blog post:

    dandelionsalad.wordpress.com/2013/03/31/for-sale-habitabl...
  • Dandelion Salad 2y

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