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Is nuclear power safe?

John Meany

Is nuclear power safe?

by John Meany

  • 3 Want to read
  • 25 Currently reading

Published by Heinemann Library in Chicago, Ill .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Nuclear engineering,
  • Nuclear energy -- Safety measures

  • Edition Notes

    Includes bibliographical references and index.

    StatementJohn Meany.
    SeriesWhat Do You Think?
    Classifications
    LC ClassificationsTK9145 .M43 2007
    The Physical Object
    Paginationp. cm.
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL17913893M
    ISBN 109781432903572
    LC Control Number2007018229

    Many environmentalists have opposed nuclear power, citing its dangers and the difficulty of disposing of its radioactive waste. But a Pulitzer Prize-winning author argues that nuclear is safer than most energy sources and is needed if the world hopes to radically decrease its carbon emissions.   Nuclear waste disposal or radioactive waste management is an important part of nuclear power generation and there are a number of very important and strict guidelines that have to be followed by nuclear power plants and other companies to ensure that all nuclear waste is disposed of safely, carefully and with as little damage as possible to .

      A thorium-salt reactor, which is a type of molten-salt reactor, promises a safer kind of nuclear power. It’s designed to protect itself against meltdown, and it’s also not as easy to weaponize. The 39 th edition of this annual publication presents the most recent data on nuclear power reactors available to the IAEA. It provides a detailed comparison of various statistics up to 31 December , including technical data on reactors that are operating, under construction or shut down, and performance data on operating reactors.

      Nuclear’s worst accidents show that the technology has always been safe for the same, inherent reason that it has always had such a small environmental impact: the high energy density of . 2 Live near a nuclear plant? Be ready for an emergency. Check your local phone book for important information & plans #EventHashtag Although PA’s 5 nuclear power plants are safe.


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In his magisterial new book, Energy: A Human History, the Pulitzer-winning historian, Richard Rhodes, quotes the inventor Is nuclear power safe?

book the first peaceful nuclear power plant, U.S. Navy Admiral Hyman. I am please to see this book out of the CAGW community, pushing for a solution to the electrical power generation issue, using small nuclear reactors, which would be inherently safe.

The author also appreciates that getting a new reactor design through the bureaucratic approval process will be time consuming and expensive/5(21). These titles encourage critical thinking and debate by providing case studies, historical contexts, and individual opinions on each issue.

Readers are encouraged to think and express themselves independently, evaluatively, and critically. At the end, readers are left to make up their own minds, having acquired transferable skills such as the ability to distinguish fact from opinion, weigh up. Outlining nuclear energy's discovery and applications throughout history, Mahaffey's brilliant and accessible book is essential to understanding the astounding phenomenon of nuclear power in an age where renewable energy and climate change have become the defining concerns of /5().

Nuclear power may be clean, but people still question whether it is, or ever will be, safe enough. Those fears may be moot. Safety concerns didn't delay construction on Watts Bar Unit 2 for so. The key to nuclear power’s safety, Beckmann explains, is that it uses a radioactive energy source--such as uranium.

In addition to having the advantage of storing millions of times more energy. One giant, unanswered problem of nuclear power is what to do with nuclear waste. We produce about 2, tons (2, metric tons) yearly, with nowhere safe to put it. Currently, the nuclear industry stores the waste in massive concrete structures.

Safety of Nuclear Power Reactors. The risks from western nuclear power plants, in terms of the consequences of an accident or terrorist attack, are minimal compared with other commonly accepted risks.

Nuclear power plants are very robust. News and information on nuclear power, nuclear energy, nuclear energy for sustainable development, uranium mining, uranium enrichment, nuclear generation. Apex Press, — pages, paperback This book provides critical analysis and historical evidence to refute claims that nuclear power can alleviate the build-up of greenhouse gases and reduce U.S.

dependence on foreign oil. It also reveals the hazards of further proliferation of nuclear weapons from the growing quantities of plutonium generated by existing [ ].

Fukushima wasn’t a “Japanese” nuclear accident—it was an accident that happened to occur in Japan. In fact, if exposed to similarly complex challenges, all 99 operating reactors in the United States would likely have similar outcomes.

Worse, Japanese and U.S. regulators share a mindset that severe, supposedly “low probability” accidents are unlikely and not worth the cost and time.

“An operating nuclear power plant produces very small amounts of radioactive gases and liquids, as well as small amounts of direct radiation. If you lived within 50 miles of a nuclear power plant, you would receive an average radiation dose of about millirem per year.

Nuclear safety is defined by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as "The achievement of proper operating conditions, prevention of accidents or mitigation of accident consequences, resulting in protection of workers, the public and the environment from undue radiation hazards".

The IAEA defines nuclear security as "The prevention and detection of and response to, theft, sabotage. Publisher Summary. For the continuation of nuclear power, the most important requirement is the safe and efficient operation of these reactors.

This chapter summarizes the principal issues associated with the operation of current generation nuclear power plant.

Get this from a library. Is nuclear power safe?. [John Meany] -- Introduces students to the controversy over whether or not nuclear power is safe, examining both sides of the argument and providing information to support both viewpoints.

Nuclear power, electricity generated by power plants that derive their heat from fission in a nuclear reactor.

Except for the reactor, a nuclear power plant is similar to a large coal-fired power plant, with pumps, valves, steam generators, turbines, electric generators, condensers, and associated equipment.

Radioactive Waste. But perhaps the biggest challenge that comes with nuclear power is how to deal with the disposal of the radioactive waste that is generated during nuclear fission.

Despite its demonstrable safety, nuclear power presses several psychological buttons. First, people estimate risk according to how readily anecdotes like.

To achieve the installed nuclear power capacity of 50–60 GW bythe Chinese government needs not only to consider the availability of uranium resources, but also the applicability of safe and reliable nuclear power technologies, as well as the possible nuclear power scale and speed.

Availability of uranium resources. A fairly good book on the politics and technology of nuclear power. the author is quite correct to point out that problems and dangers of nuclear power are overblown by the public just as the risks of climate catastrophe are underestimated by the public.4/5(47).

Low-carbon electricity, with serious economic and safety issues. Low-carbon electricity, with serious economic and safety issues. In the s and 80s, more than a hundred nuclear reactors were built in the United States.

They promised abundant, safe, “clean” energy, free from the pollution. In March, —after a magnitude-nine earthquake, one of the most powerful in recorded history, triggered a twelve-story tsunami—the nearby Fukushima Daiichi.

Nuclear power plants are among the safest and most secure facilities in the world. But accidents can happen, adversely affecting people and the environment. To minimize the likelihood of an accident, the IAEA assists Member States in applying international safety standards to strengthen nuclear power plant safety.Books shelved as nuclear-power: Gone by Michael Grant, Power to Save the World: The Truth About Nuclear Energy by Gwyneth Cravens, Voices from Chernobyl.