The following map provides a glimpse into the vast and varied context of nuclear waste management in the United States. By selecting a nuclear power plant, both operating and decommissioned, you can see that political party has little correlation to the important challenges faced in the storage of nuclear waste.
The map is colored based on the political affiliation of each state's governor and its senators. Each nuclear plant is represented by a circle: white cirlces for active plants and grey circles for decommissioned plants. Nuclear waste storage sites are represented by grey squares. Hover your mouse over a state to see information about the state's political makeup, hover your mouse over a nuclear plant to see information related to that plant, and hover your mouse over a storage site to see information related to that site. Nuclear waste is stored either in cooling pools designated as Wet, dry cask storage designated as Dry, or both. Click on a state to display corresponding nuclear and electricity sector information in the box below the map. You can view two versions of the CO2 emissions line graph by clicking on the graph. One version shows CO2 emission rates in pounds per megawatt-hour and the other shows emissions in millions of metric tons.