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Larry Koehrsen: Nuclear power and climate change

 Ames Tribune, 10 May 16  By Larry Koehrsen  “……There are few greenhouse gas emissions from an operating nuclear plant. However, the carbon footprint of mining uranium for fuel, and the cement and steel required for construction of a generating plant is significant.

Safety is always a concern when nuclear materials are dispersed around the country and around the world. There have been two major disasters involving nuclear power plants; Chernobyl in 1986 and Fukushima in 2011. In particular, the Japanese incident at Fukushima resulting from earthquake and tsunami caused a rethinking of priorities everywhere. Several nations, besides Japan, scaled back on their nuclear power generation and/or cancelled plans for new reactors.

High–level waste from generating plants is relatively small in volume, but may remain dangerously radioactive for thousands of years. Most regulators agree that deep burial of such wastes in a stable geological setting is the preferred method of disposal. However, after almost six decades of nuclear power generation, no government has succeeded in opening such a repository. In this country all commercial high-level waste is in “temporary” storage, mainly at nuclear power plants…….

May 11, 2016 - Posted by | general

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