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But it's one worth knowing the answer to for a couple of reasons: Currently, if a radiological emergency occurs, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission recommends that anyone living within 10 miles of a plant to tune in to their local radio or television Emergency Alert System and heed the instructions from state or local officials.
The commission also suggests that anyone within 50 miles to take action to protect local food and water supplies. Recently, some have have argued that the evacuation zone should be extended this far as well—and inafter the Fukushima disaster in Japan, authorities from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission recommended that Americans living within 50 miles of the plant to evacuate.
This is where a new nuclear proximity interactive map by Esri one of their many cool disaster response maps comes in handy.
Scroll around to see the 65 active nuclear plants scattered across the U. You can also turn on layers that show the locations of historic earthquakes and fault lines.
Seeing all the plants laid out on a national map also conveys an interesting point. Because most electricity use is in cities, a nuclear plant unlike wind or solar can be built pretty much anywhere, and transmitting electricity over great distances causes some of the energy to be lost to friction, most of the plants are logically located near large urban areas.
For better or worse, of the country's biggest 20 metro areas by population, at least part of 14 of them lies within 50 miles of a nuclear plant. Overall, about a third of Americans live within one of the mile radiuses. If you're reading this article somewhere in the U.
This story was edited to clarify the NRC's emergency preparedness plan for those who live within 10 miles of a nuclear power plant.As of March , there are seven nuclear power stations under construction in India, and five in China.
In November Gulf Power stated that by the end of it hopes to finish buying off acres of land north of Pensacola, Florida in order to build a possible nuclear power station. Not only nuclear power plants need cooling-water for that matter.
Also “classic” power plants (using gas, coal or fuel oil as heat source) need it and are therefore situated near rivers or canals. Nuclear power plants are routinely used in load following mode on a large scale in France, although "it is generally accepted that this is not an ideal economic situation for nuclear stations."  Unit A at the German Biblis Nuclear Power Plant is designed to in- and decrease its output 15% per minute between 40 and % of its nominal power.
The ongoing construction of two mega coal power stations at Medupi and Kusile amply illustrates what could happen with the nuclear build. Work on Medupi commenced in , and was initially. Nuclear power plants use the heat generated from nuclear fission in a contained environment to convert water to steam, which powers generators to produce electricity.
Although the construction and operation of these facilities are closely monitored and regulated by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), accidents are possible.
An accident could result in dangerous levels of. After reporting on the true costs of building and running nuclear power plants, Time magazine concluded: “It turns out that new plants would be not just extremely expensive but spectacularly expensive.” A report published by the Center for American Progress estimates costs for power from new nuclear plants to be 25 to 30 cents per kilowatt.