U.S. Nuclear Reactors
Palo Verde Unit 3
Local population: 12,101 (10-mile radius)
Pressurized Water Reactor
Licensed to operate from 11/25/87-11/25/47
Arizona Public Service Company
Groundwater Leaks Reported, Near Misses
Related Links & Documents
01/11/2008 UCS questioned the NRC on how the Insititute 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. See details | Download the pdf
11/15/1991 Fission Stories #46
describes a series of related events including a gust of wind that blew the
boom of a mobile crane into an overhead power line, leading to the automatic
shut down of the reactor.
03/03/1989 Fission Stories #49
describes poor maintenance and testing practices for emergency lighting that
literally left workers in the dark as they responded to a plant problem.