I remember the first nuclear power plant I ever saw—the Byron Nuclear Generating Station located in Ogle County, Ill., two miles east of the Rock River. Construction began in 1975, and Units 1 and 2 became operational in 1985 and 1987 respectively. The project was rife with controversy.
The plant loomed large on the horizon, and I never passed it without glancing over and marveling at how eerie it appeared to me—like something from another world.
I no longer live/drive near the plant, but I’m reminded of the days when I did—and the controversy— as I watch the horrific events unfolding in Japan. (more...)