The Nuclear Power Plant in Elma, Washington that Ran Out of Money


what caused them to stop construction? They were 75% complete. One source says that the developer ran out of money. But. The plant was supposed to make money to pay off its debt. A power plant doesn’t just run out of money. They are usually built on collateral to make enough money to pay back their loans. Nuclear power is supposed to be one of the most cost effective ways to make money and power. Many experts say that nuclear power makes good business sense.

Unfortunately, something else may have influenced the stopping of construction of the Satsop nuclear power facility. How can you finish 75% of the construction and then realize you suddenly can’t pay for it anymore? Projects like this should get well planned out in advance. These are teams of experts at work who oversee important duties.

At 75% done, I suspect that they probably reached the point where they needed to start bringing in the uranium and other  important radioactive elements. Perhaps some problems develops in the transportation to led people to question its safety. Maybe there were protestors outside the gates demanding an end to construction.  Maybe some of the radiation was already leaking and making the construction sick.

One concern I believe may come up is the power of the prevailing winds. If the plant did leak, it would have carried the radiation westward mostly, and spread wide. We hear warning sirens in cities for forest fires that are many miles away as an alert that a little smoke might waft near our nostrils. How do warning sirens react to a radiation leak when the power plant could effectively spread across the whole country. Every warning siren throughout the U.S. Would go off at once to warn everyone.

There are not many places that can effectively handle the disaster that a nuclear power plant can bring. Japan had a good location on the east side of their island near the ocean. The prevailing winds would spread the radiation across the ocean. The U.S. Kept track of the Japan nuclear disaster, and it doesn’t sound like the radiation raised to any significant degree.

The Elma plant may have just been poorly located. What were they thinking in the 1970s? They probably didn’t consider many problems as this was before 3 Mile Island and Chernobyl, and Japan occurred.

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