NUKE MATTERS: America’s Hometown Goes Nuclear

The following is the first in an ongoing series of articles being published in the Old Colony Memorial newspaper of Plymouth and on the Wicked Local website.

By Karen Vale, Cape Cod Bay Watch
Published Oct. 18, 2012

U.S. Map of Nuclear Power Plants

Graphic published by Old Colony Memorial newspaper/Wicked Local Plymouth website, courtesy of NRC/CNN Money.

In the late 1950s, the peaceful use of atomic power became a symbol of progress and a hopeful future to Americans – a solution to impending shortages of fossil fuels, an icon of scientific achievement and a way to promote cooperation among nations. The first U.S. commercial power station opened in 1958 in Pennsylvania, and within 20 years there were 58 nuclear power facilities in operation in the U.S.

By the 1970s, however, safety and environmental problems associated with nuclear reactors gained increasing attention. This became especially true after the Three Mile Island and Chernobyl nuclear disasters in 1979 and 1986, respectively. Click here to read the rest of this article.

Karen Vale is the campaign coordinator at Cape Cod Bay Watch. Cape Cod Bay Watch is dedicated to protecting and restoring water quality and marine life in Cape Cod Bay through public education, networking, and advocacy. Its current priority is addressing the harmful effects of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station – especially its destructive “once-through cooling” system – on water quality and marine life in the bay.

1 Comment

  1. Pauline Vale

    Interesting article. Do the towers in Somerset help alleviate most environmental problems? Would it be feasible to build coolant towers work in Plymouth? I can volunteer a few hours a week. What could I do?

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