Is Nuclear Energy A Safe And Reliable Resource?

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Is Nuclear Energy a Safe and Reliable Resource?

When the term nuclear power or nuclear energy comes into conversations, often the first thoughts that come to mind are bombs, destruction, radioactive waste, and war. However, these four things occur the least in the nuclear power field. It is far more than just mass destruction and devastation, nuclear power is used to create electricity in a safe and eco-friendly manor. People have a high level of concern about the use of nuclear energy especially after past devastations such as Chernobyl or Fukushima. Even with these accidents, society should not oppose the use of nuclear energy because of advancements in technology, it has become a very environmentally friendly and cost efficient energy source.

First, proponents of nuclear energy maintain that many safety issues are solved using newer reactor technologies, reducing the likelihood of accidents. Safety precautions increased dramatically in nuclear reactors preventing future meltdowns like Chernobyl or Fukushima. Many conclude that these technologies make nuclear reactors safer than coal burning plants. New reactor designs incorporate passive safety features which require no active controls or operational intervention to avoid accidents in the event of malfunction. These features may rely on gravity, natural convection and or resistance to high temperature to prevent a meltdown. All safety systems are redundant and most new designs have both redundant active and
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