How to Tear Down a Nuclear Power Plant (Pics)

Curious about how a nuclear power plant is taken apart? Scientific American has a slideshow showing just what happens when a plant has a meltdown or reaches the end of its useful life.

"What happens when nuclear reactors reach the end of their useful lives--either accidentally as in the cases above or as a planned shutdown for a series of power plants throughout the U.S. and the world, more and more in coming decades? The answer to that question ranges from a green field suitable for farming to sacrificial zones that, in effect, become nuclear parks, such as the 25-square-kilometer Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge in Colorado--a former bomb-making site--or the 30-square-kilometer "exclusion zone" surrounding Chernobyl, respectively."

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Tags: Alternative Energy | Nuclear Power | Pollution