What do we do with old nuclear power plants?



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    Basically, when a nuclear power plant is shut down, the nuclear regulatory committee comes in, inspects the land, and declares what kind of zoning it will be eligible for. Often, uranium and othe rheavy metals have to be extracted from the area before it ca be used for normal human pursuits.

    I hope this helped!

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    Many nuclear power plants are built to last at least 40 years, but as resistence to nuclear energy remains firm, plants that would have been shut down are now trying to extend their life by 20 to 40 years. 

    Plants that are permanently shut down must be decommissioned by removing radioactive material.  There are very strict safety rules that must be followed when shutting down a nuclear plant. 

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