Nuclear Power

Nuclear power is power derived from nuclear energy.

Introduction

When you think of the words Nuclear Power, it probably sounds like a great alternative. However, Nuclear Power can produce nuclear waste and radiation which could hurt and kill millions of people and effectively decrease Earth's population. Nuclear waste and radiation can hurt the plants and animals and make the deformed and dangerous. Nuclear Power should not be used in the world at all.
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Facts about Nuclear Power

1. Worldwide, there are 400 operating nuclear power plants and they only produce energy for 31 countries.

2. Nuclear power plants cause environmental pollution.

3. Nuclear fission is the safest way to create power.

4. The 104 power plants in the US neighbor 3 million people that live within 10 miles.

5. Every two years, the plant is shut down for cleaning, which doesn't the people that relies on that energy, power.

6. In 1942, the Manhattan project created the first nuclear reactor design.

7. A bomb generated an explosive power equal to 15,000 to 20,000 tons of trinitrotoluene.

8. it can cost over 6 billion dollars to build a new reactor for an existing plant.

9. The leading producers of nuclear power are US, France, and Japan.

10. Nuclear power provides about 20% of the electricity in the US.

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How the System Works

Shown above is a nuclear power plant model for how nuclear power is created. Below are the steps how:

1. First, uranium fuel is loaded into the reactor. In the reactor, atoms split apart and releases heat energy in a controlled nuclear reaction.

2. Control rods are raised or lowered to collect neutrons and slow down or speed up the chain reaction.

3. Water is soon pumped into the reactor to collect as much heat energy the chain reaction creates. It flows around a loop linking the rector to a heat exchange.

4. Inside the heat exchanger, the water gives up its energy to cooler water which then turns to steam.

5.Soon the steam from the heat exchanger is pushed into a a turbine. the steam pushes past the turbine and makes it spin.

6. The spinning turbine is connected to a electricity generator and makes that spin also.

7.Finally, the generator produces electricity that flows out to a power grind and then to our homes.

Effects to the Human Body

Brain: radiation kills more cells and small blood vessels and can cause seizures.

Skin: Cause skin cancer.

Eyes: Rise in cataracts.

Thyroid Gland:Increase in thyroid cancer rates.

Lymph Tissue: Tumors start to grow.

Bone Marrow: Damage leading to leukemia or aplactic anemia.

Blood System: Severe loss of white blood cells.

Lung: Breathing Nuclear energy can cause lung cancer.

Heart: Intense exposure to radioactive material would damage small blood vessels.

Stomach: Damage to intestinal tract lining will cause nausea, bloody vomiting, and diarrhea.

Reproductive System: Damage to ovaries and eggs in women; damage to prostate and testes in men.

Quotes

1. “The waste from nuclear power plants will be toxic to humans for 100,000 years after it is released.”

2. “Living near a nuclear plant can increase the risk of childhood leukemia and other forms of cancer even if there is no meltdown.”

3. “Natural uranium is only 0.7% "uranium-235", which is the type of uranium that undergoes fission in this type of reactor."

4. "The rest is U-238, which just sits there getting in the way."

5. “57 nuclear accidents since 1986, averaging out to just over two nuclear accidents each year.”

6. "Nuclear disarmament is the only sane path to a safer world."

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Fukushima

On March 11, 2011, a 9.0 earthquake shook the island of Japan. Soon later, the earthquake caused a tsunami off the coast of the Fukushima power plant. These series of events caused ongoing equipment failures to the power plant which then released radioactive material into the atmosphere and the seawater.
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Chernobyl Disaster

On April 26, 1986, a Chernobyl power plant exploded due to a flawed reactor design and poor trained personnel. After the terrible disaster, radiation was released into the atmosphere causing people and animals to flee the toxic area. Today 600,000 people are still suffering. Especially, wolves suffered and are still suffering with being born with deformed body parts and have so much radiation, they shouldn't be touched by human hands.

Conclusion

Nuclear power is not a friend based on the images, facts, and events that are shown above. Nuclear power is dangerous to the environment, people, and the world. People are born deformed and can suffer greatly from the radiation. Animals and plants can also be deformed if their "parents" were exposed to radioactivity. Even having a CT scan, a MRI, or a sonogram can expose someone to radioactivity. Chernobyl and Fukushima are results of what nuclear power can do to the environment which means the world shouldn't use nuclear power. Based on the knowledge of nuclear power, it should not be used anywhere in the world even if the world's fossil fuels are running low.

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