THE UNSAFE KSO NUCLEAR REACTORS
last update January 20, 2001
The Kesselring Site Operation (KSO) is located about 5 miles from Ballston Spa, NY, and 8 miles from the resort area of Saratoga Springs, NY. Between 1958 and 1992 KSO contained four high power Naval Prototype reactor plants, namely the S3G, D1G, S7G, and S8G. These prototypes are essentially a section of the ship containing the power plant, or the reactor compartment and the engine room. The two oldest, S3G and D1G, have since been decommisioned. Over a period of 40 years these plants, located in a highly populated resort area, were operated without two vital safety features, namely Emergency Core Cooling Systems to prevent core meltdown in the event of a loss-of-coolant-accident and Containment Systems to prevent the release of radioactivity to the environment in the event of a reactor accident. These two systems are mandated by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on ALL commercial nuclear plants in the United States. Because of the lack of such safey systems, Naval Reactors has inexcusably put the population of upstate New York, and perhaps of all of New England, at unnecessary risk from a nuclear accident. Because of lack of these safety systems, the two remaining operational reactors are the two most dangerous nuclear facilities in the United States and should be shutdown immediately.
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