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The effects caused by a nuclear power accident on the scale of the April 26 1986 Chernobylaccident must override any inclination to side with advocates for nuclear power Surely we have all heardthe expression Im only human If we are indeed only human and consequently prone to error we couldnever perfectly manage and contain an energy as potentially destructive as that of nuclear power without thepossibility of a nuclear accident Furthermore the wastes generated by nuclear power when inadvertentlyreleased during a nuclear power accident have been proven to cause malignant diseases and prematuredeath to those who come into contact with them Additionally the vegetation threat we rely on for survival isseverely affected when radioactive elements are released into the air and water supply during a nuclearaccident Most alarming however is the fact that the general public is vastly unaware of its governmentsuse of nuclear waste in the development of nuclear weapon Most of us can remember the bombing of IwoJima and the effects the bomb had on the lives of the millions of Japanese that lived within a twenty mileradius of the city We can see what happened to the second generation children born with severeinformities such as sixteen fingers and three arms children born with cancer and children with mental andphysical handicaps The radiation of a bomb doesnt always cause instant death but it is a lingeringexperience Japanese people thought to be healthy got cancer in later life and had dis-formed children Consequently we must not be swayed by advocates urging us to further develop and expand nuclear power We must instead examine the larger picture the risks associated with this potentially devastating powerThe potential for human error causing a nuclear accident can be ascertained by considering thecauses and effects of accidents that have already occurredIn 1952 at Chalk Rivers Nuclear Reactor four control pads were unintentionally removed causing apartial meltdown of the reactors coreIn 1957 a fire at the Windscale Pile No 1
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