Nuclear Energy

Created by: Alanna and Amanda

Background

The U.S. has 104 nuclear reactors in 31 of the states.

The fuel used is U-235 and U-238. U-238 is more common but U-235 is better, even though it is harder to find.

1939, the main use of nuclear power was for making an Atomic Bomb.

In 1945 until 1956, they were trying to create and control the energy it prodused.

since then, they are mainly focusing on developing new technology.


The picture (right), shows Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant outside of NYC, which Robert Kennedy Jr. sailed a ship into TWICE to show the lack of security.

Social Impact

Three Mile Island partial meltdown, Chernobyl, and Fukushima in Japan just a few years ago. These are a few of the problems caused by nuclear power plants. The top 10 nuclear disasters are:

10. The Goiania Accident, Brazil in 1987. A junk yard owner got an abandoned radiotherapy machine that had cesium chloride. Over 240 people were exposed to th radiation and 4 of them die.

9. The Bannaberry Test, USA in 1970. A 10 killiton deisce was set off 900 feet under the surface of the earth. 86 workers were contaminated.

8. The Tomsk-7 Factory, Russia 1993. After an explosion at a secret plant there was a cloud of radioctivesmoke that escaped. Many villiges went through an evacuation, and some we will never be able to live near again.

7. K-19, North Atlantic Ocean in 1961. The leak killed many people in a Soviet submarine. Over the next 2 years when people tried to clean and repair it, they were conaminated.

6. Tokaimura Nuclear Fuel Processing facility, Japan in 1999. A reactor reached critical mass and killed to technoligists.

40 other workers were contaminated and there was an eacuation of all residents.

5. Three Mile Island Power Plant, USA in 1979. There was a cooling malfunction causing a partial meltdown in one of the reactors. 140,000 people were forced to leave their homes for evacuation.

4. Windscale Nuclear Reactor, UK in 1957. A fire caused a limited release of radioactivity. It had caused over 200 cancer cases.

3. Kyshtym Complex, Russia in 1957. An explosion with 70 tons of radioavtive waste because of a cooling failure. Thousands of people were exposed to the radiation and 200 of them died.

2. Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, Japan in 2011. A tsunami came cusing damage to the plant, then 3 of the 6 had a meltdown. 59,000 residents living within a 12 miles were evactuated.

1. Cherynobyl Power Plant, Ukraine in 1986. There was an explosion releasing 100 times the amunt of radiation as the bombs dropped in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Up to 9,000 deaths were linked to this.

So many lives lost that might have beens saved.

Our Top 3 reasons to STOP NUCLEAR POWER.