Nuclear Energy Essay

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Nuclear Energy

One of the key factors needed to continue human progress is an energy source that is not only adequate but plentiful and unharmful to our environment. These requirements are very difficult to meet. As of right now, most of our energy comes from the combustion of coal, oil and natural gas. “They will last quite a while but will probably run out or become harmful in tens to hundreds of years.”(Source 2) The effects they have on the environment are also an issue. Many scientists are searching for other forms of energy. Nonreplicable energy sources such as solar energy are being explored; however, these methods are not highly developed and are very expensive. Nuclear energy, therefore, appears to be the best
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Two of the main problems with Nuclear Energy are nuclear waste produced by power plants and also dangerous accidents that happen on power plants.

Nuclear waste is the main environmental problem of Nuclear energy. After the fuel rods have been in the reactors for about 18 months and much of the uranium has fissioned, the highly radioactive rods with fission products are taken and put into a pool where they slow down they’re rate of generating heat. The problem is that the tanks are getting old and cracking. The less radioactive rods are then chemically reprocessed in most countries, however, the United States fails to reprocess like its European and Japanese counterparts and therefore needs to find a place to store the nuclear waste. The US government decided to construct three storage tanks; however, only one in Nevada’s Yucca Mountain has been completed. Pennsylvania has agreed to be a nuclear waste storage sight for Pennsylvania, Delaware, and West Virginia.

Another big set back for nuclear power plants is the danger the plants pose for workers and the surrounding area. The main causes of power plant accidents are runaway nuclear chain reactions, loss of coolant, and poor plan and design of a plant. Although a power plant cannot blow up like a big bomb, it can have an explosion in a lesser extent. On April 26, 1986, the most extreme accident to date took place in

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