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The consequences of closure: The local cost of shutting down a nuclear power plant
When on May 7, 2013, the Kewaunee nuclear power plant in rural Wisconsin was shut down, it took with it more than 600 full-time jobs and more than $70 million in lost wages, not including temporary employment from refueling and maintenance outages. Taking into account indirect business-to-business activity, the total economic impact of the closure of the single-unit pressurized water reactor was estimated to be more than $630 million to the surrounding three-county area.
Chris Keckler, Massimiliano Fratoni, Ehud Greenspan
Nuclear Science and Engineering | Volume 194 | Number 11 | November 2020 | Pages 1079-1088
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.1080/00295639.2020.1715688
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This study quantifies the uncertainty in the calculated displacements per atom (DPA) value due to uncertainties in the neutron spectrum resulting from cross-section data uncertainty. Using generalized perturbation theory, covariance matrices, and fine-group DPA cross sections, a method for propagating nuclear data uncertainties through to the calculation of DPA is outlined. This method is then implemented for the case of a typical sodium-cooled breed-and-burn core. The majority of uncertainties in accumulated DPA were found to come from the inelastic scattering cross section for 238U. Overall the uncertainty in accumulated DPA is found to be roughly 2% of the total value.