pressurized water reactor vessel heads
In their design as pressurized water reactors (PWRs), both of Virginia's nuclear power plants conform with the large majority of Western nuclear-powered plants.
rod travel housing and two lifting lugs on reactor vessel's removable head: Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRCgov), Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons @ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Reactor_Vessel_head.jpg
Surry Power Station is located 17 miles northwest of Newport News in Region II.
Surry Power Station lacks iconic cooling towers because of abundant water from James River's horseshoe around the peninsula.
Nov. 14, 2013, northwestward view of Surry Power Station, with Jamestown Island across James River: Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons @ https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:HD.6D.369_(10856484283).jpg/
Statue of Captain John Smith (ca. January 1580 - June 21, 1631), Jamestown Colony, overlooks James River.
National Park Service-Colonial National Historic Park: Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons @ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Historic_Jamestowne.jpg; Public Domain, via U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration @ https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/byways/photos/60524
Lake Anna State Park: former site of Goodwin Gold Mine, where gold was discovered in 1829; mining peaked in 1880s; park opened in 1983, built around Lake Anna, created in 1971 as water coolant for power stations.
from gold mining to recreation and nuclear power: Brent Hoard (phi1317), CC BY 2.0, via Flickr @ https://www.flickr.com/photos/bhoard/2643538235/
North Anna Power Station: view across Lake Anna reservoir
Louisa County, Virginia: dougward from Devon, United States, CC BY SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons @ https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:North_Anna_NPP_retouched.jpg
US Geological Shake Map for Mineral, Virginia, earthquake on August 23, 2011
automatic computer-generated ShakeMap, version not checked by human oversight; red star indicates epicenter: U.S. Geological Survey, Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons @ https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Virginia_earthquake,_Aug_23.jpg
Tale of two spires of National Cathedral: intact spire (right), dislodged but remained on roof; broken spire (left). Both are stored on ground for safety until re-installation.
Repairs of $20 million may take 10 or more years, depending on funding.
Thursday, December 29, 2011; Washington, D.C.: Tim Evanson, CC BY SA 2.0, via Flickr @ https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/6623005507/
NRC Chairman Allison Macfarlane: inside control room of North Anna nuclear power plant during her tour on Monday, August 6, 2012
Louisa County, north central Virginia: Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRCgov), CC BY 2.0, via Flickr @ https://www.flickr.com/photos/nrcgov/7753157282/
Wednesday, August 15, 2012: Broadcast journalists Katelyn Sherwood of Richmond's 8News and Tracy Sears Harvey of Richmond's WTVR CBS 6 in North Anna's control room
The reporters toured the facility's high-tech simulator, which simulated the conditions of the 2011 Mineral earthquake.
photo by CBS 6 photographer Jack Rusak: tvnewsbadge, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr @ https://www.flickr.com/photos/tvnewsbadge/7792101020/
left center: North Anna Nuclear Generating Station
Lake Anna, Louisa and Spotsylvania counties, north central Virginia: Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons @ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:LakeAnnaAerial.JPG