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Minnesota's two nuclear plants

  • March 4, 2012 - 9:23 PM

 

Monticello

Location: Monticello, on the Mississippi River

Owner: Xcel Energy

Reactor: 1 General Electric Mark I boiling water reactor

Operational: 1971

Output: 600 megawatts*

Refuels: Every 22 months

Population <10 mi.: 69,000

Population <50 mi.: 3 million

 

Prairie Island

Location: Red Wing, on the Mississippi River

Owner: Xcel Energy

Reactors: 2 Westinghouse pressurized water reactors

Operational: 1973 and 1974

Output: 1,100 megawatts*

Refuels: Every 18 months

Population <10 mi.: 30,000

Population <50 mi.: 3 million

* a megawatt is 1 million watts Source: Xcel Energy, NRDC

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