I’m currently reading The World Without Us by Alan Weisman, a thought experiment about what would happen to the natural and built environment if humans suddenly disappeared.
Interestingly, although this book takes him all around the world, from deep forests in Poland to the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea, he mentions Arizona several times. This became slightly less interesting when I found out he was a professor at the University of Arizona in my hometown of Tucson for ten years, but the information in the book from all areas of the state is still fascinating.
Phoenix: In the chapter talking about the fate of nuclear power plants and waste if humans were to suddenly disappear, Weisman mentions the largest power plant in the United States: the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station located outside of Phoenix. The part goes on to talk about the operation of the plants and temporary storage exhibited by most plants.