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INTRODUCTION Nuclear energy has perhaps the lowest impact on the environment--including air land water and wildlife--of any energy source because it does not produce harmful gases isolates its waste from the environment and requires less area to produce the same amount of electricity as other sources Nuclear power plants produce no controlled air pollutants such as sulfur and particulates or greenhouse gases The use of nuclear energy in place of other energy sources helps to keep the air clean preserve the Earths climate avoid ground-level ozone formation and prevent acid rain Nuclear power plants do not produce emissions when they generate electricity The life-cycle emissions from nuclear energy--from mining to plant construction to operation to fuel disposal--are no greater than other non-emitting sources of electricity available today Sustainable Development and Nuclear Energy Nuclear energy has a vital role to play in sustainable economic development around the world because it is emission-free and provides plentiful reliable affordable electricity The Hydrogen Economy and Nuclear Energy Some day hydrogen will power cars and factories largely reducing pollutant and greenhouse gas emissions Using emission-free nuclear energy to produce hydrogen as a fuel is the most environmentally helpful manner OTHER ADVANTAGES OF NUCLEAR ENERGY Nuclear Energy Contributes to Clean Air Nuclear power plants help states and regions meet clean air standards by providing a large amount of electricity with no air emissions The Economic Value of Clean Air at Nuclear Power Plants Meeting clean air requirements is essential for state and regional economies Emission-free nuclear power plants are increasing their clean-air contribution by becoming more efficient and producing more electricity Nuclear Energys Environmental Benefits Various numerical measures quantify nuclear energys environmental value such as emissions avoidance reductions and compliance Our environment Because nuclear energy has such a small impact on its surroundings nuclear power plants provide excellent habitat for all species of plants and animals to thrive Nuclear energy is a dependable provider of electricity for the world in part
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