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Makenzie Ferguson

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photo credit Nasa / Goddard Space Flight Center / Reto Stöckli BY MAKENIZE :3 NUCLEAR ENERGY What is nuclear energy? Pros of Nuclear energy -Nuclear energy is cheaper than gas, coal, petroleum,
and solar energy. Cons of Nuclear energy -Nuclear energy creates radioactive waste and radio active waste is very harmful to people and the environment Ways to dispose Nuclear Waste The most popular way scientists dispose nuclear waste is by burying it underground. But, they have considered sending it to space or burying it underneath the ocean floor. Burying it in the ground is the safest way because it is out of the way. But, scientists are worried about it affecting the water ways. Where Nuclear waste is currently being stored Nuclear waste is currently being stored in power plants where it is being generated. Low level waste was supposed to be sent to private companies to store but licenses were never given. High level waste was supposed to go to a facility called Yucca Mountain which was built but never opened. It was called the The Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository. It's a mountain in Neveda by the border of California. Low level waste (LLW) is radioactive waste that do not fit into other categories of waste. High level waste (HLW) is a type of nuclear waste. Do I think Nuclear is a good choice of energy source? In my opinion Nuclear energy is not a good choice. I think that since its caused many disasters it isn't safe. It might be cheaper and provide more jobs but it could cause a lot more damage if everyone started using it and more plants opened up. I think that if we ever have to use Nuclear energy it should be a long time from now when the world runs out of fossil fuels. Or, everyone could try to save energy and not have to use nuclear energy in the future. I also think its a bad choice because it affects people's lives in a lot of ways with cancer and diseases and things. Nuclear energy is the energy that holds together the nucleii of atoms. Atoms are the most simple blocks that make up matter. Every atom has in its center a very small nucleus. Normally, nuclear energy is hidden inside the atoms. Some atomes are radioactive and send off part of their nuclear energy as radiation. -Nuclear energy creates more jobs for people than gas and petroleum production. -Nuclear energy doesn't make smoke and carbon dioxide or other pollutants -Nuclear energy produces large amounts of energy from small amounts of fuel -It must be stored under ground for thousands of years before the radio activity goes away -Nuclear energy is reliable but a lot of money must be spent on safety because, if there is an accident it can end up being a major disaster -When its under ground it must be kept safe from earthquakes, flooding ,and terrorists. Nuclear Disasters
The Chernobyl disaster was a nuclear accident that occurred at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in modern day Ukraine. On April 26, 1986, operators at the power plant conducted a scheduled test on the electric control system of one of the nuclear reactors. Nuclear rain fell as far away as Ireland. Large areas in Ukraine, Belarus, and Russia were badly contaminated, resulting in the evacuation and resettlement of around 400,000 people. The event is widely considered to be the worst nuclear power plant disaster in history.
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