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3-1 Unit 3 Nuclear Power Plant Accidents In this unit you will learn: O Basic operating principles of a nuclear power plant. O Types of nuclear power plant accidents and plant safety features. O Offsite consequences of nuclear power plant accidents and resultant protective actions. INTRODUCTION To many, the term "nuclear power plant accident" brings to mind the accidents that have occurred at the Three Mile Island and Chernobyl sites. The purpose of this unit is to provide information concerning methods used to minimize the possibilities for these accidents and actions to be taken to minimize their effects on the public. Virtually all commercial nuclear power reactors in the United States are either pressurized water reactors (PWRs) or boiling water reactors (BWRs). These types of reactors are called light water reactors (LWRs) because the reactor core is covered with water to allow the nuclear reaction to take place and to keep the core cool. This unit discusses primarily accidents at light water reactors.
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