How to decommission a nuclear power plant

The Yankee Rowe nuclear plant site, before
and after decommissioning.

When it comes to shutting down a nuclear power plant, many people react that it’s impossible, that such a radical idea could never be seriously considered.  It’s odd that fear of change now applies to ideas that only a few decades ago were considered the vanguard of modern technology.

The argument is that we cannot do without the power supplied by nuclear plants, that such power is the only means of cheap, carbon-free electricity, and that there’s no way to get rid of the nukes now that we have them, so we better to get used to living with them.  Nothing could be further from the truth.

A case in point is the Yankee Rowe nuclear power plant, that after 31 years of service was deemed no longer economically viable.  By 1992, it was decided to shut down and decommission one of the first nukes built in the U.S.

Less than 15 years later, the containment building and other structures were gone, and the spent fuel had been transferred to dry-cask storage.  The site has now been returned to as near a natural state as possible.  A video of this process appears below:



For more info on the Yankee Rowe decommissioning, see the official Site Closure website  HERE .


Other You Tubes on nuclear power station dismantling:


When it comes to clean, carbon-free electricity other alternatives are available.

Post Fukushima, Germany has decided to re-think its reliance on nuclear power, and choose another path:

(Reuters) The German government decided to abandon nuclear power after the Fukushima nuclear disaster last year, closing eight plants immediately and shutting down the remaining nine by 2022.

They will be replaced by renewable energy sources such as wind, solar and bio-mass.

Norbert Allnoch, director of the Institute of the Renewable Energy Industry (IWR) in Muenster, said the 22 gigawatts of solar power per hour fed into the national grid on Saturday met nearly 50 percent of the nation’s midday electricity needs.

“Never before anywhere has a country produced as much photovoltaic electricity,” Allnoch told Reuters. “Germany came close to the 20 gigawatt (GW) mark a few times in recent weeks. But this was the first time we made it over.”

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