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Nuclear Power Considerations

1. What are the advantages and disadvantages to nuclear power?

2. How would you feel if your township decided they wanted to build one very close to your home?
3. Do other countries utilize more or less nuclear power than the United States? Why?

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1. What are the advantages and disadvantages to nuclear power?

When it works well, it is very clean - well, aside from the nuclear waste that is. As far as energy efficiency, it tends to be high. Small amounts of fuel (U 235 or Pu 239) can be used for relatively long periods.The actual creation of steam to drive turbines via nuclear fission is, in and of itself, non-polluting to water or atmosphere. However, due to high cost of construction and operation, the cost per megawatt is comparable to other forms of energy like wind or solar. (see table in center of: http://www.greens.org/s-r/11/11-09.html)

It always comes down to things like spent fuel. In the US this has become ...

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Answer gives a perspective on global use of nuclear power and issues pertaining thereto. Addresses local considerations as well. Hyperlinked refs in attachment.