Ark. Nuclear One: 16th in vulnerability ranking | Arkansas Blog

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Ark. Nuclear One: 16th in vulnerability ranking

Posted By on Wed, Mar 16, 2011 at 8:49 AM

ARKANSAS NUCLEAR ONE

The Daily Beast has compiled a ranking of the relative safety risks of the 65 U.S. nuclear power facilities.

Arkansas Nuclear One at Russellville is ranked 16th in a list of the most vulnerable, an admittedly subjective conclusion based on risk of natural disaster, safety performance assessments and surrounding population. The thumbnail on Nuke One:

#16, Arkansas Nuclear One

Location: London, AR (6 miles west-northwest of Russellville, AR)
Reactors: 2
Electrical Output (megawatts): Unit 1: 843; Unit 2: 995
Year Operating License Issued: Unit 1: 1974; Unit 2: 1978
Population within 50 Miles: 295,832
Relative Safety Rating: bottom third

Risk of Natural Disasters:

Likelihood of Earthquake (scale 0-6): 2
Expected Number of Hurricanes in Next Century: 0
Miles to Potentially Active Volcano: not a factor
Significant Tornadoes (1921-1995): 25 to 35

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