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THE NUCLEAR REPORT

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robyn myers

on 23 March 2015

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Transcript of THE NUCLEAR REPORT

What's the cost, and is it worthwhile?
NP in the PNW
HEALTH EFFECTS
Start-up costs for building a nuclear power plant are estimated between $2b and $4b, up to $9b according to a 2009 USC report. However, production costs remain low- in the millions.
Nuclear plants also generate approximately $16 million in state and local tax revenue annually that benefit schools, roads, and other state and local infrastructure.They also generate approximately $67 million in federal tax payments.
Though wastes such as greenhouse gasses, carbon emissions, solid waste, etc., are low, nuclear power produces a wide array of low- and high-radiation waste that requires specialized care.

While contained, nuclear power can be very clean and efficient, but it is when containment fails that disaster strikes.
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Monday, March 23, 2015
Vol XCIII, No. 311
What is it? Where does it come from?
NU-COOL-EAR FACTS
After Fukushima, Japan has begun phasing out all of its nuclear generators

It was once thought that pellets of atomic energy would power our cars for a year with nearly zero environmental impact, instead of gasoline.

The Hanford site represents two-thirds of the nation's high-level radioactive waste by volume. It is currently the most contaminated nuclear site in the US and is the focus of the nation's largest environmental cleanup.

While many nuclear weapons have been tested, only two have ever been used in warfare.

The phrase "Atomic Bomb" has been around longer than the discovery of nuclear fission. H.G. Wells coined it in his book "The World Set Free" in 1914.
THE NUCLEAR REPORT
THE BATTLE FOR SUSTAINABILITY CONTINUES
Since the first nuclear power plant opened in 1954, nuclear power has been providing varying amounts of the world's electricity, currently averaging around 11%, but finding itself on a steady decline.

Using nuclear fission, power plants produce electricity with heat and steam at low production costs and with minimal greenhouse gasses. However, radioactive wastes and containment remain a serious, daunting concern.
In 1970, Oregon's only nuclear power plant, Trojan, was built 45 miles north of Portland. In 1993, it was decommissioned, 22 years ahead of plan. The tower was collapsed in 2006.

In 1943, the Hanford power plant was established as part of the Manhattan project. By 1987, it was mostly decommissioned. Sections remain open for cleanup, storage, and observation.
NUCLEAR TYPES & HOW THEY FUNCTION
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