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Nuclear power is considered a very clean energy production method as itemits no greenhouse gasses Caldicott 3 However it has a byproductknown as nuclear waste which is radioactive and remains toxic for manyyears sometimes even for billions of years Scientists have yet to finda safe means of disposal of this Although it is possible that one daynuclear waste could be stored safely there is currently not the properinfrastructure in place nor the technology to take care of it Thewaste is left for the next generation to clean up Until further studieshave been conducted and safe storage solutions have been found thishazardous waste product makes it too dangerous to produce energy fromnuclear sources and call it clean Caldicott 15-18 To date nuclear power generation consists of 7 of the earths energyproduction Scarborough 6 The electricity is generated by usingradioactive rods made of material such as uranium or plutonium whichcome from ore mined out of the ground The radioactive rods give offmassive amounts of heat as they react which gasifies liquid around therod The gas goes through a turbine thereby generating electricity andis then condensed back into the tank Win 2-3 This form of energyproduction is considered clean as the electricity generation does notproduce any carbon dioxide or other greenhouse gasses There are some major problems with nuclear power generation it hasnuclear waste as a byproduct Win 3-4 The waste is radioactive and canremain so for many years Michael E Long shares Half-lives range froma fraction of a second to billions of years - 45 billion for uranium238 Long These numbers represent the half life of the productwhich is the amount of time it takes to lose half of its radiationScarborough 11 Four types of nuclear waste result from nuclear energy production wastefrom manufacturing of the rods contamination from anything that hastouched the rods and the rods themselves When nuclear material suchas uranium is mined out of the ground it produces tainted soil Duringrefinement when the
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