Nuclear Power Plants

By Logan Sprinkle

Chernobyl Disaster

On April 16th, 1986 a reactor exploded releasing more than 100 times the radiation level dropped from bombs in Hiroshima. This dramatically changed the world's opinion on nuclear reactors. 31 people died shortly after and thousands where expected to die from long term effects from the radiation in the air.
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Positive Impacts

Social: Fission is the most energy for the least fuel with current technology.

Economic: Each year, the average nuclear plant generates approximately $470 million in economic output or value. This includes over $35 million in total labor income.

Cultural: Nuke's can be used in wars.

Environmental: They do not release carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, or nitrogen oxides.

Negative Impacts

Social: Irrational fear of all things nuclear.

Economic: A lot to pay for nuclear power.

Cultural: Could cause radiation and mutation.

Environmental: Heavy metals and salts build up in the water discharges.

Political Impacts

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