Nuclear power plants pose a very serious threat to the public well being. The accident that happened in Chernobyl
provides us with a very scary reminder of this threat. Due to negligence in safety procedures, one of the reactors
exploded, sending out deathly radiation levels throughout a 20 mile radius. It is estimated that over 2,500 people died as
a direct result, and many continue to suffer from the affects of radiation exposure.
There are over 60 nuclear power
plants throughout the country, and the possibility of an accident occurring at one of these plants is very real. Safety
measures are increasingly being overlooked as nuclear plants are cutting costs in an attempt to remain competitive.
This has caused oversights in safety risk assessments, which increases the likelihood of Chernobyl happening in our
backyards. That is the reality of a nuclear threat.
Nuclear Risks and Why We Need To Adopt Renewable Energy
Although nuclear power plants avoid many of the air
emissions associated with fossil fuel plants, they create unique
risks. A combination of human and mechanical error could result in an accident
killing several thousand people,
injuring several hundred thousand others,
contaminating large areas of land, and costing billions of dollars.
Nuclear Safety in a Changing Electricity Industry
Power plants are under increased competitive pressure to cut
costs and raise profits, due to the changing electricity
pressure to cut costs at marginal nuclear plants has one very serious possible
consequence: it could
reduce the margin of error on safety.
Nuclear Plant Risk Studies: Failing the Grade
The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) examined how nuclear
plant risk assessments are performed and how their results are
concluded that the risk assessments are seriously flawed and their results are
being used inappropriately to
increase -- not reduce -- the threat to the
Three Mile Island
Three Mile Island is a nuclear
power plant in Pennsylvania,
that suffered the most serious nuclear power accident in US history in 1979.
The Nation reviews
the issues associated with its operations, and the dangers
it still poses.