The Disastrous Effects Of Of Chernobyl Essay

1575 Words Dec 1st, 2014 7 Pages
Anne McKenny
Karen Peebles
English, ENG-111 4258N
November 29, 2014
The Disastrous Effects of Chernobyl Though there are many different sources of energy in the world, including petroleum and coal, one of the most dangerous is nuclear energy, which harnesses the power of the atom. Though nuclear power does not emit as many harmful chemicals as coal does, it has the potential to make large areas of land inhospitable for hundreds of years, depending on the time of element used in the core. There are several different ways of harnessing nuclear energy, and different countries tend to lean towards different types of reactors, as one article explains, “[i]n the United States, two-thirds of the reactors are pressurized water reactors (PWR) and the rest are boiling water reactors (BWR). In a boiling water reactor... the water is allowed to boil into steam, and is then sent through a turbine to produce electricity.” (“How Nuclear Power Works”) Despite the different types of reactors, they all have the same purpose: to provide electricity. Even though many people believe nuclear energy is the cleanest source of energy, the meltdown at Chernobyl caused severe, lasting damage to a large area in just one day. Though the engineers of Chernobyl intended the power plant to be a beacon of hope, it quickly turned into one of the most horrifying meltdowns, and worst disasters, of the 20th century. Through several system failures, and oversight from the staff, the number 4 reactor of…

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