Nuclear Power Effects

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Nuclear power can have very damaging effects to people and to the environment. However, in order to keep funding this alternate source of energy, what needs to be changed? Nuclear energy has a very high potential to generate massive amounts of power that can be provided to communities. It generates so much energy, that sometimes these community power plants can have dangerous meltdowns. These meltdowns, can cause catastrophic malfunctions damage to people and the environment. Aside from the meltdowns, the disposal of the nuclear waste, the byproduct from the power plants, is very harmful to everything around it. The operation and management of nuclear energy must be improved, and in a way that is safer to the environment. Nuclear power is …show more content…
In order to keep using them, we need to have a more complex system of cooling, and a better system for emergency shutdowns. One thing that the two aforementioned accidents had in common, was the inability to cool down at a quick rate. Most major nuclear power plant accidents are due to overheating in the core. When the core overheats, the nuclear rods that are placed in the core can start to melt. Nuclear rods are high-level radioactive material that are used to create the amount heat generated from the power plant. Based on the Chernobyl accident, the nuclear rods were taken out of there housing compartment, causing the slots where the nuclear rods are placed, to melt. With that happening, no coolant was going directly to the rods to cool them down, in effect, creating massive amounts of heat. In the Fukushima accident, an emergency shutdown was required due to a very large earthquake creating a tsunami soon after. When the nuclear plant went into their emergency shutdown, they cut the coolant going to cores that were still generating heat. After so much time, the cores had a meltdown releasing a considerable amount of radiation into the atmosphere above. Both of these accidents are not exonerated from the fact that there cooling systems needed improvement. In the case of Chernobyl, the crew was doing unsupervised experimentation. One key factor that can prevent nuclear meltdowns is the people who manage the power plants. Sometimes these accidents could be avoidable, but due to human error, they were not. If the people who works at the nuclear power plants had a more strict policy, nuclear power would not be as dangerous as a threat to the environment, and the human

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