Although nuclear power cost the least for the amount of power it makes, it is still very expensive. To make nuclear power you have to build a nuclear power plant. To build a nuclear power you need millions of dollars. Not only that, you have to also run the nuclear power plant. To run a nuclear power plant you need to either mine the uranium and then refine yourself, or buy the uranium from another company. Once you have done this you need to run everything in the power plant, which cost money, and then pay your workers. Also when creating nuclear energy you create radioactive waste which need to be stored far away somewhere, under surveillance, to make sure that it does not ruin the environment. The owner of exelon, the one who owns Three Mile Island, said that they have lost around 800 million dollars in recent years. If exelon decided to change their mind they would end up losing even more money and eventually have to shut down.
Firstly, the atomic incidents of Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania and Chernobyl in Russia are often mentioned as examples for nuclear plants being unsafe. In both cases failures of workers led to a meltdown in the reactors and increased radiation in the surrounding area (Henderson 12-17). And as the recent disaster in Japan shows, a nuclear crisis cannot only be caused by human mishaps, but also by unpredictable and untamable natural hazards. Consequently, nuclear crises cannot be predicted or prevented completely. Nuclear plants are, furthermore, considered uneconomical because in the eighties the construction costs of nuclear plants were underestimated and exceeded the estimation by $100 billion (Henderson 103). Therefore, the nuclear power opponents are arguing that nuclear power is burdening the American economy unnecessarily. According to the nuclear physicist Jeff Eerkens, antinuclear groups are also claiming that nuclear power is not necessary for the future since renewable energy sources, such as solar, wind, hydro, and geothermal power will be providing sufficient energy for the United States, and are at the same time much cheaper than the costly nuclear power plants (Eerkens 20). Over all, opponents consider nuclear power to risky and inefficient to “deserve further support from U.S. taxpayers” (Henderson 104).
Nuclear power plants should not be built due to the biological effects it poses during a meltdown. Radiation is exposed to inhabitants during a meltdown but many people are not aware of the horrific effects. An example of this is explained in the article “Biological Effects on Radiation”. “The higher the radiation dose, the sooner the effects of radiation will appear…this syndrome was observed in many atomic bomb survivors in…1986 Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident…of these, 28 died within the first three months from their radiation injuries. Two more patients died during the first days…” (2012).
Along with the health risks that a nuclear waste site causes, there are also frequent earth quakes in the area that has been proposed and it is flood land. This poses a threat to not only the people in the area but the surrounding environment too. The radioactive waste would contaminate the water and the ground if there was a flood or earth quake and because Uranium has a half-life of 4.5 billion years none of us will be alive when the area is no longer
Nuclear power plants are a safe, clean and reliable source of energy production. They are uniquely qualified to meet the growing demand for energy in the USA.
This nuclear power plant is important to the people near it because it is their main source of energy. If we shut down this power plant, where will the people get their energy from? You can argue that we can use alternatives like solar and wind power, but sometimes they are unreliable because what if it is not a windy day? What if it is really cloudy and rainy and can’t even get a bit of sun to
There is an energy company that wishes to build a nuclear power plant in the East Pennsboro Township. I am sure many would disagree with this after what happened at Three Mile Island and I understand how they feel but I think a new nuclear power plant should be built. For one thing, nuclear power plants are not as dangerous as you think. The “white smoke” coming out of cooling tower (the large column) is actually steam which has no negative effect on the environment. Nuclear power plants do not create or release any harmful gases into the environment and they have no effect on global warming. TMI was in a critical state to the point where people were evacuating but in the
As a result of TMI any risks could happen if we built a power plant in the East Pennsboro township. Some people strongly disagree with my opinion because they could make it better this time, and the power plant could help everyone. But i think that since TMI stroke out and everyone had to leave their homes it would be better off to just not put a nuclear power plant in East Pennsboro
Yet another problem with nuclear power is that people are just too scared of it. Many who have seen what the nuclear weapons can do or what a nuclear power plant disaster can do just will not let the construction or usage of a nuclear power plant or facility relating to nuclear power occur. In the film, “Living with Chernobyl” it states that both Yucca Mountain, a potential storing facility for nuclear waste and Rancho Seco, a nuclear power plant was shut down because of the people that protested against them. The people have the power and sure have the will to stop any nuclear power facilities and attempting to continue with a project may be risk in that it may never even get done. While some may believe that these people’s motives are ruled
I am against building another nuclear power plant in East Pennsboro Township, Pennsylvania. I think that the risks nuclear power brings far outweigh the positives of it. There have already been nuclear accidents that have made a town completely poisonous, like Chernobyl. There have also been accidents that put the surrounding area at risk for radioactivity and scared thousands of people. Three Mile Island was an example of this. We do not want people who live near a nuclear power plant to be afraid to live in their own homes due to the risk of a nuclear accident. I think we should put a stop to nuclear power in Pennsylvania so we don't put ourselves at risk for an accident, because it’s not worth it.
I think that we should not build the nuclear power plant in East Pennsboro township because it is a bad idea and could wipe out their entire town. Few reason are power plants are big targets for terrorism, also a lot of money goes into making this plant and next thing you know it could have a meltdown or produce deadly waste. Another reason is the waste won’t go away for 200-500 thousand years, which could affect our water sources and pollute our waters. Also there are high risks and unknown risks of what could happen to the power plant. So I think that we shouldn’t have a nuclear power plant.
Provided that countries can acquire uranium, they can create clean and safe energy. Generally nuclear power stations are safe. The various barriers and numerous safety measures make it very unlikely for catastrophes to transpire. The most up-to-date plants have a reactor core failure 1 in 1 million years. The proposal of building a plant has to be scrutinized intensely so that the barriers and structure ensure a redundant job in
However, the knowledge of regulations and industry contacts will come by consulting nuclear engineers that do research or teach in the University of Alberta (U of A), and the University of Calgary (U of C). In addition, the idea 2 square km parcel of land is on the lake between Vulcan County and Milo, Alberta. It is ideal since a nuclear plant needs to be on a body of water. In addition, the land is strategically placed so that the nuclear power plant can supply power to cities like Calgary and Edmonton among other Albertan towns, while being able to send the residual electricity to Montana, United States since it is so close to the border. Lastly, prior to designing the plant, and during its commissioning