Gone to Nuclear Tower Heaven

I’ve always had a soft spot for that surreal tower of cement, looming 500ft over the river. It is no more. Here are some pictures. A couple of amateur videos, and CBS News’ very nice video, though no sound, and you have to sit through an ad.

2 Responses to Gone to Nuclear Tower Heaven

  1. J.D. says:

    Heh. I was just thinking about my own soft spot for Trojan. When I was a kid, it seemed like we took a school field trip to see it every year. Once my parents even took me for some reason.

    I know it’s not cool of a pseudo-liberal to admit, but I think that nuclear power is a Good Thing, and it’s a shame to see Oregon’s only plant go away. Yes, there are flaws with the process, but there are flaws with all power generation systems (except maybe solar).

    Ah well. It’s not something I feel too strongly about, and my wistfulness for Trojan will pass in, oh, about two minutes.

  2. Cat says:

    I find the stakes too high. Sure, the odds are very very good that the nuclear reactor next door will never have a problem. But if it does…Chernobyl. Also, humans are notoriously short-sighted, and I don’t trust them to dispose of anything as long-lasting as nuclear waste.

    In any case, poor old Trojan had structural problems, so never would have come back online anyway. It would have been cool to make it into an art piece–projecting stuff on it at night and such. Ah well.