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Palo Verde Nuclear Plant

A tour through Palo Verde Nuclear Plant

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    KFYI's Ted Houston took an in-depth tour of Palo Verde Nuclear Facilities, 50 miles west of Phoenix.
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    A 13-foot tall nuclear fuel assembly, in display in Palo Verde's visitor center
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    A Palo Verde control room simulator, used for training purposes
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    Vertical concrete casks, used to store used fuel assemblies after a 5-year cooling-off period in deep pools of water
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    Earthquake faults in the southwestern US
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    The "Japan incident room" where Palo Verde employees analyze what happened in Japan and how Palo Verde and other US nuclear power plants can be made safe against such dangers
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    One of the diesel generators used to provide backup power
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    Entrance to the reactor containment dome
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    "spent fuel pools" where spent fuel assemblies are kept cool in circulating water for at least five years after they're taken out of service.
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    There's 23 feet of water above the tops of the assemblies.
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    Ted had to wear this nifty suit on the tour - including 2 sets of shoe coverings and 3 sets of gloves. And wear radiation detectors. It was destroyed after the tour was over.
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    The empty reactor cavity in Palo Verde Unit #2
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