A nuclear reactor releases a small amount of radioactive particles into the atmosphere during normal function. The radioactive waste that is left over from the nuclear reactor mainly comprises of workers ' clothing, tools and other clothing articles that have come in contact with the radioactive dust produced in the production process. Production involves nuclear rods and the uranium used as fuel. The uranium that is used as a fuel source also turns into a waste product after fission. The used rods and uranium pellets are highly radioactive and cannot be placed in a landfill like most waste.
Nuclear fallout is an incredibly dangerous and prevalent stain on Earth, affecting all aspects of life. Fallout is the result of nuclear detonations or nuclear accidents and is an incredibly radioactive substance that is easily spread by wind currents (“Radioactive Fallout”). Radiation is incredibly dangerous to human life- it has been found that radiation of 400 rads can have a 50% mortality rate, with over 650 being unsurvivable (Lindop 18). This danger was fully revealed after the Chernobyl disaster, with the massive regional destruction that came after a nuclear reactor melted down. Photographs of the region show widespread decay and collapse as the area was rendered too dangerous for humans to live, due to the massive radiation leakage
Many countries independently have a sufficient amount of nuclear bombs and missiles to end the entire human race on planet earth. The cold war began the race for countries to have large nuclear arsenals that has been going non stop. Nuclear weapons are largely for show, the only nuclear weapons ever used in combat were dropped on hiroshima and nagasaki, which was 71 years ago (Mian). Countries should not have nuclear weapons In addition nuclear weapons are extremely expensive, in 2014 the U.S. alone spent $26 million on nuclear weapons disarmament (Alvarez). Nuclear weapons are showed to be expensive and are almost never used for the sole reason they were created.
The bomb caused such terrible things to happen, it couldn’t have been a good thing. For example, 80,000 people were killed directly after the atomic bomb was dropped, and 35,000 were injured. By the end of the year, another 60,000 were dead due to effects of the atomic bomb (Harry S Truman’s Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb). In total, about 140,000 people were dead one year after the bomb was dropped from the effects of the atomic warfare. The bomb may have ended the war, but the results were horrific.
“Nuclear power will help provide the electricity that our growing economy needs without increasing emissions. This is truly an environmentally responsible source of energy.” Michael Burgess Prior to the introduction of nuclear energy, fossil fuel was thought to be the only available source in producing energy. Although fossil fuel, such as coal, petroleum, and natural gas, contains high energy value, it produces too many harmful byproducts that ultimately pollute our environment. With the rising concerns over global warming as more and more greenhouse gases accumulate in our Earth’s atmosphere, many voice such opinions that new alternative, yet sustainable method must be adopted to produce energy. Nuclear energy is one of the several alternative energy sources that have been introduced ever since.
However, batteries can also be harmful despite the advantages they offer. According to the Environmental Education Programme of Richland City, United States, an average US resident owns about two button batteries, ten disposable alkaline batteries, and disposes of about eight household batteries annually. The study of EEP was conducted in 2003, which was twelve years ago. The world population in 2003 was approximately 6 billion, according to the World Population Data Sheet. If the amount of batteries disposed by the entire world population during that year were to be computed, it would be an overwhelming amount of solid waste with detrimental effects to the environment and on humans as well.
In the early hours of Saturday morning on April 26, 1986, Reactor Number 4 at Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Pripyat, Ukraine exploded and a large fire ensued. This incident has been described as the worst nuclear disaster the world has ever seen with the explosion unleashing
Abstract The Chernobyl accident was probably the worst possible catastrophe that could happen in a nuclear power station. It was the only one in history of nuclear power. It resulted in a total meltdown of the reactor core, a hardcore emission of radionuclides, and early deaths of only 31 persons and thousands of people were displaced from their homes permanently. The Explosion released about 300 MCi of radioactive substances, including about 40 &100 MCi of short-lived radioiodines. The social and psychologic stresses that followed have been enormous.
The importance of plastics cannot be neglected. But one should be careful about disposing it after its use. One should not burn the waste without knowing the fact that the equipment is made up of which kind. Plastic waste can be sent to disposal plant where they are burnt in an incinerator because all plastics can be burnt without harming environment in the modern industrial incinerators which are built to high specifications. Electricity from the heat can be produced so in effect the plastic is recycled and the resources may be used efficiently.
The waste contains poisonous elements such as plutonium. Low level waste is when the item used as fuel is contaminated or becomes radioactive. Also when material would be exposed to neutron radiation. High Level waste is the byproduct left inside the reactor after the nuclear reactions occur. This byproduct is more radioactive and takes longer to dispose of.
Oil companies construct “drilling wells with steel casings and cement barriers” to prevent the movement of gas and oil (“Not a Public Health Risk”). The steel is impermeable to the chemicals used in the fracking process. Cement barriers are a second layer of protection in case of human construction error and stop the chemicals from leaking if they were to ever leak. In an interview with Oil and Gas Attorney, Diana Dean, she was asked about the probability of the leakage of harmful chemicals like hydrochloric acid or methanol, she responded “ It is not likely but it is very possible due to human error in the building process of the wells” (Dean). The casings are assembled by man and have a ninety-nine percent success rate in preventing leaks.
Many chemicals that could be harmful to you are not just the ones they put into the ground, but some that come up from the ground can also harm you. Chemicals such as radioactive materials, bromide, heavy metals, hydrocarbons such as BTEX, highly concentrated salts, and other inorganic and organic compounds (Is Fracking A Good Idea?) If these are exposed to the environment they can be deadly health hazards. These such chemicals are dangerous to more than the environment, they are deadly to people