EBR-1

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Jul 29, 2007
EBR-1 stands for Experimental Breeder Reactor number 1. It is the first nuclear power plant that produced its own fuel. At 1:50pm on December 20, 1951 it was turned on and produced enough energy to light four 200 Watt light bulbs. Shortly thereafter it generated enough electricity to power its own building and then the town of Arco, some 18 miles northwest. It continued its experimental generation capabilities until it was finally decommissioned in 1964. President Lyndon B. Johnson dedicated EBR-1 as a National Historic Landmark on August 26, 1966 in recognition of the role it played in the development of nuclear power. This place is located almost two miles off highway 20 and is nearly 50 miles west of Idaho Falls. The tours you can take through this site are either self-guided or can use a docent. The information is fascinating.
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vances says:
I'm shocked by how powerful this review is!
Posted on: Jan 09, 2008
mellemel8 says:
wow this is interesting.
Posted on: Jan 08, 2008
travelman727 says:
Roger, another great review! If there's a place worth visiting in our Western U.S., chances are you've been there :-D
Posted on: Jan 08, 2008
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