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Rancho Seco Nuclear Power Plant
Plant closed 06/1989
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From: SpyderMonkey
Mon Sep 12 12:56:33 -0700 2005
Also the subject of a pre-CAKE John McCrea song.

From: Bokchoi Cowboy
Tue Sep 13 08:16:38 -0700 2005
Man, I was going to post this one the other day but held off cause you really can't see anything in either Google Maps or Google Earth. You can't even make out the detail of the cooling towers.

At least you can see the lake the power company built for the cooling water. It is slightly to the south east. It is a great place to take kids to fish, as they built a public park around it. You can also camp there.

Another thing of note about this plant is that it is closed down/decomissioned/being dismantled due to public referendum in 1989, one of the first plants to be closed in such a manner.

From: tedder
Tue Sep 13 12:22:41 -0700 2005
I almost moved this entry, because I thought the development to the south was the plant. Glad I didn't. Does anyone know what that is?

From: Ravendark54
Tue Sep 13 16:29:16 -0700 2005
First: try MSN's Virtual Earth, its black & white and kinda blurry, but definately better than Google. The entire plant is visable.

Second: The development to the south is Consumnes Power Plant. I'll post a spot for it.

From: tedder
Tue Sep 13 16:37:12 -0700 2005
thanks for posting the power plant, ravendark.

From: crazycatie03
Thu Sep 23 19:43:18 -0700 2010
Did anyone on here work at this power plant?? Can you tell me of any spills or accidents that may have happened between 1985 and 1989?? Im doing some research and quite curious. My biological father worked at this plant, so its a bit interesting to me. Thanks!

From: Terraism
Tue May 10 14:46:25 -0700 2011
@ crazycatie03

A more comprehensive list of occurrences at the Rancho Seco Power Plant can be found here:


and here:

From: patynn2007
Fri Sep 06 12:18:34 -0700 2013
Yes I worked at the Plant in 1989 right before they shut it down. I worked in the Data Entry Dept with a high level of clearance. My job was to take all original engineering plans and make copies for the engineers and then when they made corrections I imputed it and made another copy of the plans and placed them in there respective orders. I Never saw in the modifications, engineering workups, maintenance, etc that ever had a spill. There were Huge alarms everywhere and where tested every Friday at 12. First time scared the hell out of me. But to my knowledge... I didn't see spills or see them in the papers or diagrams or construction plans. Hope that helped. By the way, It was the most secure place I ever walked into. The had weights miles out, and we had to walk through a long tunnel and stand in a bomb box at the end before we were allowed into the facility. Well protected facility, at least I felt safe.....


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