The Trojan Nuclear Power Plant, Oregon’s first and only commercial nuclear power plant, was located in Rainier on the Columbia River.
Cost overruns, construction flaws, frequent malfunctions, and protests marked its 16 year existence (about 20 years shorter than its design lifetime). It also failed to produce energy at a price anywhere close to too cheap to meter.
The plant was decommissioned in 1993, and on May 21, 2006 at 7 a.m. the 499 foot tall cooling tower was imploded.
Photo credit: Trojan implosion animated gif by Wikipedia user Duk, used under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.
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