Nuclear Power and Its Problems

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Nuclear power occurs from a series of reactions that causes the build-up and release of energy which in turn generates heat. This heat is then used as steam to power turbines which helps produce the electricity. The production of this electricity is used to power many things including but not limited to homes, schools, business etc. (“What Is Nuclear Power And Energy? | GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy”)

Nuclear power is considered safe when compared with some other energy sources such as solar, wind, hydropower and fossil fuels like coal, oil and natural gas. However, some issues do exist when producing the nuclear power. One of the issues with nuclear power is controlling the rate of the reactions during the production of nuclear power/energy. If the reaction becomes unmanageable and the reaction can’t be contained this can lead to a meltdown causing high levels of radio-active fall out. Such an example of this occurred in Chernobyl 1986 – the reactor exploded due to loss of electricity, Three Mile Island – March 28 1979 – the water supply in the circuit malfunctioned causing the circuit to overheat due to the lack of the electricity, Fukushima Daiichi March 2011 – An earthquake caused the nuclear plant to shut down because of no electricity, the reactors over heated causing a disaster,  to mention a few (“A Brief History Of Nuclear Accidents Worldwide”).

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Another example of the possible problems that can arise from nuclear power is the disposal of the waste products from the reactions. Once the waste material is produced they are radio-active and can stay radioactive at very high levels for many years.

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