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Old 04-03-2011, 09:21 PM   #31 (permalink)
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Old 04-03-2011, 11:01 PM   #33 (permalink)
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...the 3 LARGE Palo Verde reactors here in AZ are ~60 miles west of Phoenix, basically smack-daub in the middle of the desert.
Sure, and you can build a closed-cycle cooling system for a nuclear plant, it's just cheaper to use a handy river, lake, or ocean. But of course if you're going to build one anywhere near Phoenix, those are not exactly options :-)

You also need to remember that coal-fired plants (and non gas turbine natural gas fired ones) also need cooling. If you had a map of the locations of larger conventional plants, I wouldn't be surprised to see that they have a similar distribution to nuclear.
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I'm more concerned about where the closest coal-fired plant would be than where the nearest nuclear plant would be.
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Or for a Google Map, click on your state in the link I posted earlier: Category:Existing coal plants in the United States - SourceWatch

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