What you see below is the K Cooling Tower at the Savannah River Site, a giant nuclear cooling tower that’s been sitting unused since the end of the Cold War. It costs taxpayer money to maintain, and so it makes sense to just demolish this useless relic. But why wait so long to demolish this 450 feet tall, 345 wide structure? Well, this is the poky U.S. government we’re talking about, but more seriously in this case it was all about a lack of funding.
Only a recent influx of funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was enough to justify the demolition, which happened earlier this week.