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U.S. Nuclear Reactors


Monticello, Minnesota
Local population: 67,351 (10-mile radius)


Boiling Water Reactor


Licensed to operate from 06/30/71-09/08/30


Nuclear Management Company

Safety Issues:

Heightened NRC Attention, Fire Protection Problems, Elevated Spent Fuel Pool

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Related Links & Documents

11/12/2012: Fission Stories #128 explained how a radioactive part removed from the reactor vessel and being moved for shipment to a disposal facility unexpectedly set off many radiation alarms.

01/18/2007   UCS explained an event where a piece of metal broke free and fell onto the main steam pipes resulting in the turbine control valves opening fully and the reactor automatically shutting down due to the rapid pressure drop.  Download the pdf

10/20/1986   Fission Stories #30 described the battle between the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and plant owners over radios and music in the control room. After the NRC ordered the control room be music-free, safety performance levels dropped.