The Pros And Cons Of Nuclear Power Plants

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Over 20 percent of the energy in the United States comes from nuclear energy power plants. (Rinkesh, 2018) They so their best to get as much energy to the country as possible, but there are those out there who don’t agree with them. While there are downsides to nuclear energy, the pros vastly outweigh the cons. Nuclear power plants are a great way to get energy because they don’t let out much pollution, are very efficient, and are very safe. There are 6 operating power plants in Illinois and 11 reactors. The power plants are Braidwood, Byron, Clinton, Dresden, Lasalle, and Quad Cities. Dresden was the first power plant to open. Its first reactor was opened in 1960 and retired in 1978, being open for 18 years. It’s second reactor was then opened on April 24, 1987. It didn’t fully operate, however, until September 15, 1987, located 9 Miles East of Morris, IL (Nuclear Illinois, 2017). Clinton was first opened on April 24, 1987, 6 miles East of Clinton, Illinois (Nuclear Illinois, 2017). It only has one reactor. Byron is located 17 miles southwest of Rockford, Illinois. Its first reactor was opened in September of 1985 and its second reactor was opened in August of 1987. Braidwood’s first reactor was opened on July 29, 1988 and its second reactor opened on October 17, 1988. It is located 60 miles south of Chicago. Quad Cities Is located 20 miles Northeast of Moline and it’s first reactor opened on February 18, 1973. It’s second reactor then opened on March 10, 1973, a few
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