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There are currently 61 commercially operating nuclear power plants with 99 nuclear reactors in 30 states in the United States. Thirty-five of these plants have two or more reactors. The Palo Verde plant in Arizona has 3 reactors and had the largest combined net summer generating capacity of 3,937 megawatts (MW) in 2012. Fort Calhoun in Nebraska with a single reactor had the smallest net summer capacity at 479 megawatts (MW) in 2012.

Four reactors were taken out of service in 2013: the Crystal River plant in Florida with one reactor in February; the Kewaunee plant in Wisconsin with one reactor in April; and the San Onofre plant in California with two reactors in June. The Vermont Yankee plant in Vermont, with a single reactor, was taken out of service in December 2014. – Courtesy of U.S. Energy Information Administration

The Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant in Plymouth, MA remains the nearest operational plant to Barnstable County.

In 2014, the Barnstable County Regional Emergency Planning Committee’s Pilgrim Task Group created the Radiation Emergency Reference Sheet. The document outlines the steps Cape Cod residents and visitors should take in the unlikely event of a radiation emergency at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station (PNPS) in Plymouth, MA.

The document arose from community requests for guidance from the BCREPC as to the best course of action for residents and visitors in the unlikely event of a radiation emergency at the PNPS. As the document states, “It is unwise and potentially dangerous to attempt to drive off Cape in the early hours of a serious radiological accident.”

For more information on Nuclear Power:
Nuclear Power Explained
Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant