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Nuclear Energy Scientist Exemplar

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U.S. commercial reactors are licensed for 40 years. A plant may apply for a 20 year extension. There is disagreement about whether plants can safely have their lives extended past 40 years. See link for interesting article on this topic...
http://www.today.com/id/43556350/ns/today-today_news/t/how-long-can-nuclear-reactors-last-us-industry-extend-spans/#.UdrSYIwo7VI
A Layman's Guide to the Nuclear Energy Debate
Nuclear Energy

Nuclear Energy is being discussed as a possible solution for our country's growing energy needs.

This presentation aims to educate the viewer about a variety of topics related to nuclear energy in an unbiased manner so as to facilitate informed discussion about the pros and cons of this potential energy source.
Facts about Nuclear Power in the United States
Proponents of Nuclear Power Argue...
1.) Nuclear produces no greenhouse gasses and therefore does not contribute to global warming.
http://www.world-nuclear.org/Features/Climate-Change/Climate-Change-and-Nuclear-Energy/
Opponents of Nuclear Power Argue...
1.) Nuclear power contributes to greenhouse gasses during the construction phase.
http://healutah.org/what/energypolicy/nuclearpower/chipward
Websites Related to Nuclear Power
There are 104 operating nuclear reactors spread across 65 nuclear power plants in the United States.
Nuclear power accounts for about 20% of U.S. Electricity Production
There were 62,683 metric tons of commercial spent fuel accumulated in the United States as of the end of 2009. For more information on nuclear waste storage see
http://www.nrc.gov/waste/spent-fuel-storage.html
The cost of constructing nuclear power plants has grown at a considerably faster pace than the rate of inflation. There is some debate about the real cost of producing nuclear energy at this time.
(Anti-Nuclear Cost Assessment)
http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/green/news/2009/01/05/5371/the-staggering-cost-of-new-nuclear-power/
Report on estimated cost of the nuclear power plant currently being constructed in Georgia.
http://www.power-eng.com/articles/2012/08/nuclear-power-plants-construction-cost-schedule-reported-to-psc.html
Report on business risks associated with new nuclear power
http://large.stanford.edu/publications/coal/references/nirs/docs/nuclearcosts2009.pdf
Great link the argues both pros and cons of nuclear energy
http://dsc.discovery.com/tv-shows/curiosity/topics/10-pros-cons-nuclear-power.htm
2.) Nuclear power is cheaper per kilowatt than coal, natural gas, wind or sun energy.
http://www.world-nuclear.org/info/Economic-Aspects/Economics-of-Nuclear-Power/#.UdsPN4wo7VI
3.) The disposal of nuclear waste is not nearly as dangerous as many environmentalists would have you believe.

https://www.llnl.gov/str/pdfs/03_96.1.pdf
2.) The cost to construct new nuclear power plants is far more expensive than alternative forms of energy.
www.ucsusa.org/nuclear_power/nuclear_power_and_global_warming/nuclear-power-cost.html

3.) There is a great danger for nuclear material to be hijacked and used by terrorists.

http://www.armscontrol.org/print/923

U.S. Energy Administration
http://www.eia.gov/nuclear/
Nuclear Regulatory Commission
http://www.nrc.gov/
Nuclear Information and Resource Service
Anti-Nuclear leaning environmental group
http://www.nirs.org/home.htm
European Nuclear Society. Pro-Nuclear leaning group.
http://www.euronuclear.org/
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