Around a dozen educators from middle and high schools across Georgia and South Carolina recently took a deep dive into nuclear technology at this year's Southeastern Summer Nuclear Institute. The program, organized by Citizens for Nuclear Technology Awareness and USC Aiken along with Southern Nuclear and Georgia Power was highlighted by three days of specialized tours that included #PlantVogtle , SRS and Augusta University's nuclear medicine program.
My grandparents live in Agidel. Situated 220 km north-west from the capital of the region, this tiny city was founded in 1980 with a purpose of building, maintaining and supporting a nuclear power plant. The construction of the facility attracted a lot of people to the area as it promised jobs, contemporary infrastructure and spectacular nature around. For the duration of a decade, a number of large facilities were erected, the city was built as well as a number of schools, kindergardens and hospitals. On the way to fulfill their Soviet dreams, people looked into their futures with hope and enthusiasm. Everything changed after the collapse of Chernobyl power plant back in 1986. This tragedy made the people of Soviet Union much more caucious about the means of providing heat and light for their lives. Therefore, the project of creating the Agidel power plant was shut down for good. As time passed, the already built facilities decayed and the nature embraced the man-made constructions, leaving a unique scene of a post-apocaliptic kind. The population declined steadily since the decision, as the enthusiasm was dying out and the hopes for reviving the projects were fading. The river transportation system was abandoned... it still is. Yet, the city lives. It's smaller than it used to be and the uncertainty is still hung up around its fate. Yes, dreams were broken. But the summers of my childhood were spent under the clear skies, around wild apple trees with sour apples and beautiful green fields, which served as our playgrounds. We were breathing clean air, learning to ride our bicycles at the freshly abandoned roads and making friends for life. I am not making any ecological statement with this post, I am only telling a story of one small town, which is sort of dear to me. I was happy to see a new kindergarden built there this year as I was happy to see a new house at the formerly abandoned field a couple of years ago. The life goes on and I am proud of the city of my childhood. And I sincerely wish it the very best! #Agidel#story#childhoodtown#smalltown#nuclearpowerplant#abandoned#lifegoeson#reflective#Bashkortostan#Russia
#PlantVogtle personnel are taking advantage of these uber-cool “halo” lights! The new lightweight, cordless units fit like a ring over the crown of your hard hat and pump out over 200 lumens of light in a 360-degree radius. The wearer can light up an entire room, which totally beats a standard hard-hat headlamp with 50 to 100 lumens pointing in just one direction. The better visibility provided by a halo light supports greater accuracy and efficiency in task execution and creates a safer work environment for personnel!
A visit to Austria's only nuclear power plant. Built in the 1970s, it never went on grid after 50.5% of the population voted against the start-up in a referendum in 1978 (this order of events is typically Austrian) #zwentendorf#nuclearpowerplant#atomkraftwerk