Hanford, WA, USA..THe central control panels in the control room of the B-Reactor at the Hanford Site, Washington, along the banks of the Columbia River. ..The reactor was the first large scale plutonium production reactor ever built and started production in December, 1944. The project was commissioned under the Manhattan Project, during World War II, to develop the first nuclear weapons. The B-Reactor was shut down in 1968 and on August 25th, 2008, was declared a National Historic L
Based on the operating hours of all civil nuclear reactors and the number of nuclear meltdowns that have occurred, scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz have calculated that catastrophic nuclear accidents may occur once every 10 to 20 years (based on the current number of reactors) — some 200 times more often than estimated in the past.
Looking into Columbia Generating Station's reactor core during a refueling outage.