Nuclear Power Plants: Safe and Reliable Sources of Clean Energy

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Nature has its own way to show its power. Lightning is a bolt of highly charged particles that create huge amounts of electricity and heat that is hotter than the surface of the sun. It is an untamable force of nature. Man however has another means of power. Man’s lightning is fission; nuclear fission. A powerful yet tamable force that is harnessed for the clean use of our homes, appliances, and one day our vehicles. Man’s lightning is something that is feared by most, yet understood by few; a force that will one day replace our existing primitive means of electricity. There is a plan, something bigger than just nuclear power plants, being brewed in the minds of geniuses. Nuclear fission may sound like a radically scientific process, …show more content…
The water sufficiently blocks the radiation. All of this may seem like a dangerous process, but the history of nuclear power plants show that it’s not the reaction that is dangerous, but rather the lack of safety regulations. The incident at Three Mile Island in 1979 showed how important safety regulations are to nuclear power plants. The nuclear reactor melted down because of mechanical failure and operator confusion (Schrock 6). Robert Salvino SQE, of the Nuclear Equipment Division at Babcock and Wilcox, said that the meltdown at Three Mile Island was only due to the panic of the workers. “Had the workers not panicked and tried to shut it down on their own, then the plant would have automatically shutdown and never would have over heated” (Salvino). Nuclear power plants have an automatic shutdown system in case of an earthquake or mechanical failure. During the confusion, someone disabled the mechanism to shut it down and the reactor overheated, causing it to melt and release some radioactivity. The advantage to this was that the containment of the reactor was able to keep the radioactivity inside and no one was negatively impacted. Another famous incident where a nuclear reactor failed due to safety regulations is the Chernobyl reactor. Chernobyl, in Russia, was an absolute disaster only because there was no regulation with safety at all. It was completely open and uncontained when the reaction was processing. Once the reactors melted,

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