Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station

Location:

Wintersburg, Arizona
33.3897, -112.862

Owner: 

Arizona Public Service Company

Population Within 10 Miles:

12,101

On-Site Dry Casks: 

Yes

NRC Contact Information: 

Reactors

Palo Verde Unit 1

Reactor Type: 

Pressurized Water Reactor

Operational Status:

Operating

Licensed to Operate:

6/1/1985 to 6/1/2045

Palo Verde Unit 2

Reactor Type: 

Pressurized Water Reactor

Operational Status:

Operating

Licensed to Operate:

4/24/1986 to 4/24/2046

Palo Verde Unit 3

Reactor Type: 

Pressurized Water Reactor

Operational Status:

Operating

Licensed to Operate:

11/25/1987 to 11/25/2047

Notes: 

01/11/2008: UCS questioned the NRC on how the Institute for Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) missed warning signs of declining performance at Palo Verde. Download the pdf >

11/22/2006: UCS commended NRC Region IV on its identification of and response to safety problems. Download the pdf >

11/22/2006: UCS explained how a growing list of safety short-falls led to NRC identifying Palo Verde as one of the worst performing nuclear plants in the United States.

09/18/2006: UCS documented the factors leading to the year-plus reactor outage that began in March 1989 in this case study for our Walking a Nuclear Tightrope report. Download the pdf > 

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