Nuclear Power Disadvantages

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While there are plenty of benefits to using nuclear power, there are numerous disadvantages that also come with its use. There have been nuclear incidents throughout history that have caused many questions to be raised about how safe nuclear energy really is. One of the most notable accidents is the one that happened at the Chernobyl nuclear plant in Ukraine. An explosion at the plant destroyed the reactor core which in released radioactive material into the atmosphere. This accident has been considered the largest uncontrolled radioactive release into the environment ever. This hasn’t been the only incident in history that has turned head though. There was an earthquake in Japan that caused the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant’s core to experience a meltdown. Because of the 9.0 magnitude earthquake, a tsunami caused water to seep into the plant generators which lead to temperatures and reaction rates being uncontrollable and ultimate the release of tons of radioactive waste into the environment. Three Mile Island, a nuclear power plant located in Pennsylvania, is considered the most significant accident that has happened on American soil when it comes to dealing with nuclear energy. Numerous mechanical and human errors lead to a chain of events that no one could have seen coming that resulted in a partial meltdown of a nuclear reactor. It’s because of this accident that no new nuclear power plants have been constructed in the United States. The impact that the Three Mile
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