Nuclear Power And Nuclear Waste

1272 Words Apr 11th, 2016 6 Pages
Nuclear power, the type of energy that sits on the edge of humanity’s greatest hopes, and its darkest fears. With a country such as the United States continuing to expand its industry, housing, agriculture and commercial buildings there is a need for more and more energy each year. Nuclear power is one of the many ways the United States gets its energy. Nevertheless, it is one of the most controversial means of energy production. The main concern with nuclear energy is the nuclear waste that is produced along with it. The potential health and environmental risks posed by nuclear waste is what truly scares some of the American public. Therefore, is the amount of energy output by nuclear power plants outweigh the potential risks that nuclear waste can have on human health and the environment? Nuclear power plants should be kept as a means of generating energy for the United States, however, transportation and storage of nuclear waste needs to continuously be checked for safer alternatives. Nuclear waste is generally defined as a variety of solids, liquids and gases which are produced during the generation of nuclear energy through the process of fission, mining of Uranium, nuclear research and weapons production (Shah, Abhishek). Nuclear waste created by a nuclear power plant is not as complicated as one might think. First water is heated in the reactor when uranium atoms split and cause fission, then the heated water is transferred to the primary…

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