Nuclear by the Numbers
The United States has 103 of the world’s 440 electricity-generating nuclear reactors. Pennsylvania hosts nine of them, along with an astounding 88 other radiation sites, including dozens of other contaminated areas.
Our state is also the site of the infamous Three Mile Island, shut down in 1979 after a 50% core meltdown. This event brought nuclear power plant construction in the U.S. to a halt until October 2005, when Duke Power announced that it is planning to build two reactors designed by Pittsburgh-based Westinghouse Electric.