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Into the core (access required)

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Palo Verde is one place where no one can afford to make mistakes. “Put these on,” the security officer, whose bullet magazines protruded and glistened against his black uniform, told me.

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Inside Palo Verde: Operators offer tour to tout safety, emergency preparations

When this reactor at Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station is operating, no one is allowed into this viewing area overlooking its core. But when Unit 2′s reactor is having its fuel rods replaced, plant officials are using the opportunity to show how Palo Verde is different from the Japanese nuclear power plant that was leaking radiation after a devastating earthquake and tsunami.

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