This is one ruin thats unique because it never served its intended purpose. The Shoreham Nuclear Plant was conceived in 1965 and built in 1973. After a series of public relation nightmares, its fate was sealed in 1989, when it was decided not to utilize the plant.
The partial meltdown at 3-mile Island, the full meltdown at Chernobyl, and LILCO's handling of the hurricane Gloria aftermath made many Long Islanders weary of the plants opening. Protests were formed and the issue was kept alive. In the end the plant cost $6 BILLION.
Today, the plant sits unused as a reactor, its radioactive fuel removed, its turbines sold, and the rest is still visible as a monument to a failure of epic proportions.
Photos courtesy of Jon Sasala / Long Island Press