The Nuclear Resort



The Bataan Nuclear Power Plant in the Philippines was built decades ago, but was never put into use. The facility's maintenance is quite an expense, but its owner, the National Power Corporation, has turned the site into a tourist attraction! You can take a tour of the nuclear reactor (something you certainly cannot do in the U.S.) and stay in a cabana on the beautiful beach nearby, which also serves as a turtle sanctuary. Relax, there is no uranium here! But if you can't just pick up and go to Bataan, take a tour with a gallery of photographs and information from National Geographic News. Link -Thanks, Marilyn!

(Image credit: Jay Directo, AFP/Getty Images)

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Re "(something you certainly cannot do in the U.S.)"

As a high-school student in the late 80s I actually toured Fermi II nuclear power plant, got to go into a cooling tower and stood next to the boron enhanced water of the spent fuel cooling pool. I was 17 at the time so I was not part of the group allowed into the reactor control room.

At the time Edison was quite happy to have physics students tour the facility, we might go on to one day become employees, and at least it was good Public Relations for the power company and nuclear energy.

On the tour they explained how the plant was designed to withstand the crash of an airliner, "just in case a hijacker tried to fly one into the plant". They did not explain the various faults of the GE Mark 1 design, the same as the recently ill fated Fukushima reactors. Nor did the explain that the original GE Mark 1 cooling pool design did not require the addition of boron to the water, that was done because the pool was already above capacity 20-some years ago.
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The Satsop Biz Park is also a facility that was never put into use. The project was mothballed before it could come on line. Happened when I was a kid. Drive by it every time I go to visit my parents.
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