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SAFETY CONCERNS of NUCLEAR

23/01/2011 13:23

 

SAFETY CONCERNS of NUCLEAR

 

Several safety measures exist to protect against any release

of radioactive material into the environment from nuclear

power plants. The radioactivity resulting from the fuel and

nuclear fission reside inside the ceramic uranium fuel pellets.

These fuel pellets are placed in zirconium fuel rods, which

resist heat, corrosion, and radiation (NEI: Safety, 1998). The

concentration of U-235 is kept low to make the possibility

if nuclear explosion virtually impossible. Also, the chemical

makeup of the fuel provides a natural control. As the reaction

heats up, it slows down, since 96% of the fuel does not fission

(NEI: The energy plant, 1998). Nuclear power plants also have

backup systems to protect against almost every imaginable

problem, including human error, equipment failure, floods,

earthquakes, and tornadoes.

 

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