Chapter 9

The Environment Effects of Nuclear Power

Abstract

Nuclear power raises a number of fundamental environmental issues. Key among these is the question of how to deal with the quantities of highly radioactive waste that are produced in nuclear power plants. Underground storage for hundreds of years is considered the best option, but no secure underground repository is yet operating. Meanwhile a nuclear accident can potentially cause large-scale environmental damage and this is always a potent concern while the link between nuclear reactors and nuclear weaponry also colors the public perception of the technology. Against this, nuclear power offers a relatively carbon-free method of generating electricity.

Keywords

Energy security; nuclear waste ...

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