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3. The control rods are removed 4. The fuel rods are struck by neutrons to start fission 5. The heat from fission heats the water, which goes through a series of pipes to heat separate water tanks 6. The steam from the 2nd water tank is used to turn a turbine 7. The turbine spins generator and creates electricity 8. The steam from the 2nd tank is condensed and then coded with water from 3rd tank (and returned to steam) 9. The 3rd tank of the water comes from the river (usually) and is released as steam through the cooling tower 10. Control rods can be removed or inserted into the core to speed up or slow down the reaction. Control rods absorb neutrons, stopped fission Three-Mile Island, Pennsylvania on March 29, 1979, the emergency cooling system of a nuclear reactor was shut down erroneously by an operator. This led to a partial core meltdown. The containment structure worked well to retain all radioactive materials, but eventually some radioactive
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