Nuclear Power


Nuclear power developed in the 1950s and 1960s and was rapidly deployed in the 1970s and 1980s in many countries. Three accidents at nuclear power plants turned public opinion against nuclear power and expansion has been slow since 1990.

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Three Mile Island; Chernobyl; Fukushima

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Concern for the disposal of nuclear waste is one of the main reasons for opposition to nuclear power. Nowadays, careful and safe procedures are in place to handle and store this waste.

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The cost of nuclear power is an argument used against further expansion by some people. Assessing the real cost of any electricity generation is a complex issue which must take into account the full lifetime costs of all aspects of generation and distribution.

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The General Public is concerned about radioactivity from Nuclear Power. These concerns must be addressed by information on the realities of radiation received by humans from natural and artificial sources. The health risk from low level radioactivity is so tiny it is difficult to quantify.

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As well as the concerns of safety and waste disposal, there are many other issue which worry people. Some website present responses to "Myths" about nuclear power some of which are valid but some of which are causes by fake news reports and exaggeration in the media. All these concerns must be dispelled to convince the general public that increasing nuclear generation is the best way to tackle CO2 emission in the medium term.

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