Negative Effects Of Nuclear Power

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The Negative Effects of Nuclear Power Plants
Each year,” enormous quantities of radioactive waste are created during the nuclear fuel process”(http://www.psr.org), with the effect of killing many organisms, and damaging the environment. Also, from past nuclear accidents, the world has learned how devastating the possibility of a nuclear accident can be, proving why the nuclear power plants should be banned. The source of energy that would replace these harmful machines would be wind power, hydropower, and the process of concentrating solar thermal power. With all the possible solutions to nuclear power plants, the world should take action and slowly generate the transition to a safe and reliable source of energy. Clearly, the use of nuclear
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There are two ways that nuclear power plants kill aquatic life: the intake of water and the discharge of water. “The intake of water traps aquatic life in the cooling system. The cooling system is installed with a filter to prevent large objects or fish from getting pulled into the system. Some small aquatic life fit through the filters and are killed once they enter the cooling system. Other aquatic life becomes trapped in the filters.” (www.gracelinks.org) Nuclear power plants need water in order for cooling. In the first processes of taking in water, organisms are killed because of the foolish way of filtering all organisms out of the water. Unlucky small creatures get sucked into the water that is used for the power plants which results in death. Also, when power plants release water, the temperature is extremely different to where it is released, which also results in death to the near organisms.”These “thermoelectric” G power plants boil water to produce high-pressure steam that turns turbines, producing electricity. The steam is then cooled by a condenser which typically uses water drawn in from a nearby lake, river or estuary. In a once-through cooling system the cooling water is not reused, instead it is discharged at a higher temperature back into the water body from which it was withdrawn. To continue cooling steam, the power plant must constantly withdraw enormous amounts of …show more content…
The best possible solution is to reduce the world’s dependence on nonrenewable resources, and to improve overall conservation efforts. “Much of the industrial age was created using fossil fuels, but there is also known technology that uses other types of renewable energies – such as steam, solar and wind. The major concern isn’t so much that we will run out of gas or oil, but that the use of coal is going to continue to pollute the atmosphere and destroy other natural resources in the process of mining the coal that it has to be replaced as an energy source. This isn’t easy as many of the leading industries use coal, not gas or oil, as their primary source of power for manufacturing.”(conserve-energy-future.) This means the world has to switch to renewable sources of energy such as hydropower, wind power, and the process of concentrating solar power to energy. Hydropower is a form of renewable energy that uses the water stored in dams, as well as flowing in rivers to create electricity in hydropower plants. Next there is wind power. This power source makes electricity by harnessing the energy of the wind. One other source

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