Recently, the thriller, The Defect was published by Deer Hawk, and I now know more than I probably wanted to know about nuclear power plants. Previously, my knowledge of them was that there were some still in existence, and that, while the incidence of issues with a nuclear power plant are very low, they can cause great havoc when something goes wrong (Japan, Three Mile Island, Chernobyl) but in my daily life, I never actually thought about them…until I edited the book. Here are a few things I’ve learned:
I learned about the inner workings of a nuclear power plant, and how one is decommissioned.
There are 60 nuclear power plants in the U.S.
Many are near large cities (for good reason, they need more power than suburban areas).
There have been fifty-seven nuclear incidents since Chernobyl and most of them have been in the U.S.
Chernobyl was the only nuclear accident in history to cause deaths.
People think that with homeland security, a terrorist attack couldn’t happen on U.S. soil, but something happened in 2013 at one of the power plants in Tennessee where two shots were fired and the assailant got away.
The area around Chernobyl is still unlivable.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go hide in a corner and rock back and forth.
*****Correction: there have been two nuclear accidents that have cost people’s lives. One was in the United States, but the incident didn’t kill anyone with radiation, steam was the killer there.