Gallery: The World’s Oldest Nuclear Power Plant Shuts Down in the UK


The world’s oldest nuclear power plant was just switched offline today in the UK after 44 years of operation. The Oldbury Power Station was the world’s first commercial nuclear operation, however it has reached the end of its working life – its 52,000 spent rods will be removed in the next few years and then shipped to a separate facility to be reprocessed. The plant itself will take 80 years to safely dismantle as radiation levels slowly drop and caustic chemicals are cleaned up. Meanwhile in Chicago, two 100-year-old coal plants will also be shut down after proponents for clean air conducted a huge campaign for a coal-free city.

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1 Comment

  1. Green Joy February 29, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    Wow. Good deal people. Maybe the different governments of the world should focus on other, more renewable sources of energy. What about thorium?

    Juan Miguel Ruiz

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