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Radiation is a form of pollution, presumably the worst kind, since it has huge effects on the city, and thereby should be avoided as much as possible. Generally, radiation takes a long time to disappear, usually over 10,000 in-game years for it to disappear completely, and is usually impossible to remove using regular Mayor tools. Radiation pollution is also the only type of pollution which negatively impacts the demand of all zones.
SimCity 4 Edit
In SimCity 4, if Nuclear Power Plants are not funded or maintained properly, they will explode and release radiation into the surrounding area, as well as destroying buildings (inc. trees) around its immediate vicinity. Existing buildings not destroyed but within the zone of contamination will abandon, regardless of desirability. No new structures will develop on radiation contaminated land. Trees, however, can still grow on contaminated soil.
Other buildings that releases radiation is as follows:
- Army Base
- Disease Research Lab
- Toxic Waste Dump
- Space Shuttle Station
- Advanced Research Lab
- Area 5.1