Let's Go Nuclear

Let's Go Nuclear

Streaming Video - 2014
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(continued) New technology to create nuclear energy may be on the horizon. For example, scientists are studying the use of thorium instead of uranium as a primary energy source because it is a more abundant resource. Changing regulations and processes for handling nuclear waste and the use of smaller reactors are other examples of more recent changes in nuclear energy production.
(continued) Disasters in Three Mile Island (USA, 1979), Chernobyl (Ukraine, 1986), and Fukushima (Japan, 2011) bring to mind safety concerns for communities near nuclear power plants. These disasters have been a lesson to nuclear scientists and engineers who have learned how to produce nuclear power more safely. Proponents of nuclear energy believe that the plants are a safe and efficient power source. Yet, it is essential that the plants are well-designed, operated by trained personnel, defended against attack and have plans in place the event of an emergency. Opponents continue to voice concerns about the health of people, plants and animals due to the potential danger of radioactive soil and water resulting from nuclear waste.
Nuclear power generates almost 11% of the world's electricity with almost no greenhouse gas emissions. Since its widespread use began more than 30 years ago, nuclear power has had it critics and advocates. The USA is a large producer of nuclear power with over 100 reactors in 30 states powering almost 20% of nation's electricity. With the recent downturn in the economy causing weakened demand for electricity combined with lower natural gas prices interest in investments in nuclear power plants slowed but this trend may be changing. In 2012, the US approved plans to construct two new nuclear power plants that are expected to be operational in 2020.
Publisher: [Columbus, Ohio] : Columbus Metropolitan Club, c2014.
Characteristics: 1 streaming video file (54 min.) : digital, stereo, sd., col.
Summary: (continued) New technology to create nuclear energy may be on the horizon. For example, scientists are studying the use of thorium instead of uranium as a primary energy source because it is a more abundant resource. Changing regulations and processes for handling nuclear waste and the use of smaller reactors are other examples of more recent changes in nuclear energy production.

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