Taxpayer subsidies have disguised the high cost of nuclear power for years. The money should be redirected to promote alternative energy.
The Trojan Nuclear Power Plant in Portland, Ore. is a testament to the cost of nuclear power. It began operation in 1976 but was plagued by structural problems before it was closed in 1992. The cartoon show "The Simpsons" used it as a symbol of greed, evil and environmental negligence.
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The reactor from the Trojan Nuclear Power Plant in Portland, Ore., is positioned for burial at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation near Richland, Wash.
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A construction worker walks through the main tunnel inside Yucca Mountain in Nevada, which the U.S. government has proposed as the long-term storage facility for spent nuclear fuel and other high-level radioactive waste. The repository is tentatively scheduled to begin accepting waste in 2012, but it is widely opposed by Nevada residents because of safety issues, security concerns and seismic activity inside the mountain.
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More than 200 solar panels generate power outside an abandoned nuclear power plant near Richland, Wash. This solar project is an exploration into renewable energy by the public power agency Energy Northwest, which provides electricity to public utilities in the Northwest.