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  • Nuclear Waste
    391 words
    Nuclear power has been around since the first atomic plant was made operational on December 2, 1942. These plants are an efficient way of producing electricity. They can power every electric item we use today, from TV's to computers and every thing in between. As great as they may seem, how do we deal with the radioactive waste left over? The answer is, we don't. Until we, as a civilization, find a better way of dealing with this waste, we should hold off on converting fossil fuel plants to nucl...
  • Good Permanent Nuclear Waste Disposal Site
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    "Two minutes" says Teal Krech as he replies to a question posed to him bye an interested intern from within his cubicle at the "Village Voice" headquarters. The question he was answering was "How long can a human being survive unshielded radiation exposure from a broken fuel rod?" Teal achieved this research from the DoE (Department of Energy) who to this point "has no set plan for the transportation of the spent nuclear fuel rods through our major cities and states on their way to ultimate stor...
  • Of The Less Radioactive Liquid Waste
    673 words
    Nuclear Waste Nuclear waste is one of the most pressing and provocative environmental issues of our time. This radioactive waste, which remains deadly for thousands of years, is incredibly difficult to deal with. Unfortunately, time is running short for a solution, as a growing number of reactors, (111 in the United States alone), radioactive remnants of Cold War weapons, and increasing medical uses of radioactivity will soon create enough waste to exceed the current holding capacity for radioac...
  • Subductive Waste Disposal Method
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    The disposal of nuclear waste is quickly becoming the most important issue facing the environmental community today. Nearly twenty percent of our nation's electricity is being supplied by the approximately 100 nuclear power plants that are in everyday operation in the United States. So far, almost all of the nuclear waste created by these power plants is being housed in temporary storage facilities at each power plant. Although the total volume of nuclear waste produced in one year is small when...
  • Radioactive Disposal Site
    1,152 words
    Nuclear Legacy " There is 10 thousand tons of nuclear waste on Earth. ' Many scientist are in search for new and efficient ways to dispose of these lethal by-products which can destroy life itself. Radioactive products can be either beneficial or devastating. It all depends on how we use them. In the field of medicine, some benefit from radiation include, radiation therapy for cancer patients. Not all uses of radiation prove to be beneficial. Many use the power of the atom for destructive purpos...
  • Nuclear Power Plants
    472 words
    Chernobyl Chernobyl was the greatest nuclear disaster of the 20th century. On April 26th, 1986, one of four nuclear reactors located in the Soviet Union melted down and contaminated a vast area of Eastern Europe. The meltdown, a result of human error, lapsed safety precautions, and lack of a containment vessel, was barely contained by dropping sand and releasing huge amounts of deadly radioactive isotopes into the atmosphere. The resulting contamination killed or injured hundreds of thousands of...
  • Nuclear Waste Disposal At Yucca Mountain
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    Nuclear Waste Disposal At Yucca Mountain: Right or Wrong? As the United States' nuclear waste buildup becomes larger, the need fora permanent storage facility becomes more urgent. One proposed site is in the Yucca Mountains of Nevada. This makes many Nevadans uneasy, as visions of three-legged babies and phosphorescent people come to mind. This is an unfounded worry, as many reasons prove. In fact, the Yucca Mountains provide an ideal site for a permanent underground nuclear waste facility in th...
  • Disadvantages To Nuclear Power Plants
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    Chem. Com. Project Linsey Borgess Nuclear Power has its advantages and disadvantages. However it is a lot safer than most people think. The chances of a meltdown or a radiation leak are extremely small. There are many safety features, which make nuclear power one of the safest electricity sources. And every nuclear power plant is protected with thick layers of steel and concrete. Nuclear power is also very environmentally friendly. It produces hardly any air pollution, and it releases less radia...
  • Aecl's Generic Disposal Concept
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    The General Problem The generation of energy from nuclear fuel reactors has been a highly controversial issue for the better part of the last century. At one point in the 1960's, nuclear power was thought to be the energy source of the future because it was considered cleaner than carbon or coal, and much more efficient. After incidents such as the near fatal meltdown at Three Mile Island and the disastrous incident at Chernobyl, many people have been vehemently opposed to nuclear fuel generated...
  • Safe Nuclear Waste Disposal
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    In recent years, a new force has been introduced to the struggle for environmental protection. The world's military looms as an ominous threat above our fragile eco-system. Even during years of peace, the military's havoc is wreaked 'Not in some remote sandbox or sea lane, but within the heart of a rapidly unraveling planetary ecology, whose intricate web of intertwined lives, often trigger complex feedback processes. ' (Thomas). The greatest crime perhaps is the slow murder of the planet. The w...
  • Nuclear Waste Products
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    Nuclear Waste Management Nuclear energy harnesses the energy released during the splitting or fusing of atomic nuclei. This heat energy is most often used to convert water to steam, turning turbines, and generating electricity. However, nuclear energy also has many disadvantages. An event that demonstrated this was the terrible incident at Chernobyl'. Here on April 26, 1986, one of the reactors of a nuclear power plant went out of control and caused the world's worst known reactor disaster to da...
  • Use Of Nuclear Power
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    The Nuclear Power Debate In 1953, nuclear energy was introduced into America as a cheap and efficient energy source, favoured in place of increasingly scarce fossil fuels which caused air pollution. Its initial use was welcomed by the general public, as it was hoped to lower the price of electricity, and utilise nuclear power for it's potential as a resource, not a weapon. However, as people became aware of the long term dangers involved in storing nuclear waste, it's use was criticised. Two acc...
  • Nuclear Waste To Yucca Mountain
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    Nuclear Waste Although the government believes that Nevada is an ideal place for nuclear waste storage, it is simply overlooking the obvious implications that would threaten both the environment and the people of the land. Yucca was suggested to be a waste repository along with several other areas some years ago. This facility located at Yucca Mountain would house some of mans most dangerous elements, like plutonium. As with the Native Americans political power played a key role in the theft of ...
  • Certain Types Of Nuclear Waste
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    I believe it's a good thing we are putting our nuclear waste underground for as long as it is needed and until we find a new place to store it without causing any harm to our environment. People have recycled materials throughout history. Metal tools and weapons have been melted, reformed, and reused since they came in use thousands of years ago. The iron, steel, and paper industries have almost always used recycled materials. Recycling rates were modest in the United States up through the 1960'...
  • Disposal Of Nuclear Waste
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    As we enter the new millenium, the disposal of nuclear waste is a very important factor we must consider for the future generations. Nuclear energy is a very important and dominant as a source of heat energy. It is used to produce steam to drive turbines that generate electricity. Every nuclear plant has its own design, but they each generate heat from nuclear reactors and use this heat to produce steam. The main problem with nuclear energy, however, is the storage and disposal of the waste from...
  • Mrs Facility At The Skull Valley Reservation
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    Essay Paper This paper will discuss the moral and ethical issues concerning how and why Locally Undesirable Land Uses (LULUs) and Treatment, Storage and Disposal Facilities (Tsdf) are located. A LULU, or TSDF, can be a power plant, a munitions factory, a county landfill, a medical waste incinerator, a hazardous waste storage facility, a military base, an airport or any number of other facilities that people need, but do not want to live next to. The siting of these types of facilities is thought...
  • Yucca Mountain Free Of Nuclear Waste
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    Nuclear Waste has some effect on everyone in the world, but Native American's seem to be affected the most. One specific case of this would be Yucca Mountain. Yucca Mountain is located 80 miles northwest of Las Vegas. This is a major metropolitan area, which is home to about one and a half million people, and of the world's most popular tourist attractions. The plan involves moving over 77,000 metric tons of hazardous nuclear waste across the county, using rails and roads that pass through other...
  • Stored High Level Waste
    1,120 words
    NUCLEAR ENERGY HOW DO THEY WORK? To build a nuclear reactor, what you need is some mildly enriched uranium. Typically, the uranium is formed into pellets with approximately the same diameter as a dime and a length of an inch or so. The pellets are arranged into long rods, and the rods are collected together into bundles. The bundles are then typically submerged in water inside a pressure vessel. The water acts as a coolant. In order for the reactor to work, the bundle, submerged in water, must b...

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