The nuclear reactor holds the most volatile and dangerous substances. When we look at the history of significant nuclear disasters, almost all of them deal with reactor failure or meltdown. If the reactor is exposed to any water (either above ground or ground) or open air, the results will be catastrophic (eg Chernobyl). Even though the reactor is the most protected part of a nuclear plant, its potential for destruction is second to none.
Adding to this, many people don’t know about the dangers of radioactive waste from these nuclear power plants. They have to be stored in special facilities and monitored for an estimated 10,000 years. This is an extreme number, but it goes to show just how potent and dangerous this waste is. If it isn’t disposed of properly or looked after, an environmental disaster could be created.
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