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in fact, the fly ash emitted by a power plant—a by-product from burning coal for electricity—carries into the surrounding environment 100 times more radiation than a nuclear power plant producing the same amount of energy. www.scientificamerican.com...
GE and Hitachi plan new reactor to burn UK plutonium stockpile
Multibillion pound plant at Sellafield would convert UK's nuclear power plant residue into fuel www.guardian.co.uk...
In a report entitled Uranium and Plutonium: Macro-economic Study, the stockpiles of uranium held by the United Kingdom, is enough to fuel three 1000 MWe reactors for their entire 60-year lives www.uranium-stocks.net...
The doctors and nurses at Futaba Hospital pleaded for help as a radioactive plume wafted over their hospital. They had been ordered out but had no vehicles to evacuate the hundreds of patients in their care. After two days of waiting in the cold with no electricity, help finally came. Nearly two dozen patients died in the chaotic, daylong odyssey that followed.
The Nuclear Disaster in Fukushima killed already ca. 1.200 People,
mostly the older ones and People in Intensive Care!
“The damage is permanent.”
According to a USGS report " recent estimates indicate that of the approximately 200,000 tons of mercury emitted to the atmosphere since 1890, about 95 percent resides in terrestrial soils, about 3 percent in the ocean surface waters, and 2 percent in the atmosphere. www.mine-engineer.com...
It is estimated, that in the US, about 87% of all new mercury emissions come from combustion, and this includes forest fires and other natural occurrences. However, in the United States, coal fired power plants do emit 48 tons of mercury per year. www.mine-engineer.com...
Is “it” really that simple?
“With nuclear power the inevitable human mistakes cannot be undone in worst case scenarios. It really is just that simple.”
A pebble-bed reactor thus can have all of its supporting machinery fail, and the reactor will not crack, melt, explode or spew hazardous wastes. It simply goes up to a designed "idle" temperature, and stays there. In that state, the reactor vessel radiates heat, but the vessel and fuel spheres remain intact and undamaged. The machinery can be repaired or the fuel can be removed. These safety features were tested (and filmed) with the German AVR reactor. All the control rods were removed, and the coolant flow was halted. Afterward, the fuel balls were sampled and examined for damage and there was none. en.wikipedia.org...
That’s bad! In order for well paid, well-meaning scientists, to give up their jobs 35 years ago.
newsfeed.time.com...–-35-years-ago/ The failings of the Fukushima nuclear reactor were so substantial that three General Electric scientists who helped design the now imperilled reactors resigned from the company.
I don’t disagree human error will always happen. But do you disagree that technology (i.e. reality itself) can limit the degree, to which things can go wrong?
“There is no perfect Place,
Human Error can and will be happen everywhere!”
Although there are eight known isotopes of helium (He) (standard atomic mass: 4.002602(2) u), only helium-3 (3
He) and helium-4 (4
He) are stable. All radioisotopes are short-lived, the longest-lived being 6He with a half-life of 806.7 milliseconds. The least stable is 5He, with a half-life of 7.6×10−22 seconds. en.wikipedia.org...
What problems are you waiting to be solved, then? As far as I’m aware all (except waste) has been solved (by different designs). The only issue is demanding the safest & best nuclear technology be used, something the anti-nuclear movement usually fails to do because (probably out of ignorance) it opposes the technology completely.
“We should wait with the use of Nuclear Energy
until we solved the Problems!”
Not international at all!!! It was a communist reactor, and no reactors of this design have been built since. Only a dictatorship (official or otherwise) would want such an unsafe design. As for dictatorships: There’s little point in debating! As (outside sanctions, at least) they are a law, onto themselves.
“Look to Chernobyl and you can see with what
a Decadence the International Politic handle