How clean is nuclear energy?



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    Nuclear energy’s “cleanliness” claims are usually based on the lack of emissions from nuclear plants as they produce energy. This aspect is an improvement over coal’s greenhouse gasses, and perhaps hydroelectric power’s impact on waterways and salmon. None the less, the waste produced by nuclear power generation is a big problem, one of the foulest byproducts of any energy source. There is currently no long-term plan or solution for dealing with nuclear waste, which means much of it is kept in short-term tanks, often on the Reservation lands of Native American tribes.

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    Well it is cleaner than most other energy sources that can provide anywhere near the same amount of power. Nuclear energy does not really contribute to greenhouse gas emissions, but having waste that might never go away is pretty scary. Though there are a couple brand new advancements, like the use of E.Coli to negate the ability of nuclear waste’s ability to store it safely without it leaching into the soil or groundwater. If E.Coli does work out as well as they think it might, nuclear energy could be considered a very clean source. At the time though storing all the waste in a variety of types of vaults is no way to go. Putting off the problem until we hope science can fix it in the future has gotten us into the current global warming predicament we are in.

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    Nuclear energy is actually far cleaner than its prevailing reputation may suggest. The only two significant waste products created by nuclear energy are used cooling water and spent nuclear fuel. The cooling water is often water that is taken in from a nearby river and then re-emitted to the river at a higher temperature (because it was used within the plant to cool the reactor). The environmental effects of this heated water is argued to be negative because it disrupts the natural state of the river and the life in it.

    As far as the spent nuclear fuel is concerned, it is radioactive and dangerous. However, the operation of a successful nuclear power plant has techniques designed to isolate and remove this waste. Typically, the radioactive waste is securely transported and stored in well-isolated underground bunkers.

    Consequently, when a nuclear power plant is running correctly, it actually has little environmental impact because all dangerous nuclear wastes are kept isolated. The only danger in a nuclear plant comes when the system does not work correctly and the reactor melts down or nuclear waste is not handled properly.

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