Category Archives: Why We Need Nuclear Power

THE QUANTUM ATOM

Niels Bohr was 19 years old in 1905 when Einstein had his miracle year. The Danish scientist would be second only to Einstein in his scientific contribu­tions in the twentieth century, and he became an unmatched scientist-statesman. He founded the Institute of Theoretical Physics in Copenhagen, which was the breeding ground for most of the ideas that became the new […]

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Consequences for Nuclear Power

What does this mean for nuclear power? Only time will tell, but initial responses indicate that the consequences will vary dramatically in different places. In the United States, there are only two reactors that sit on a site that could conceiv­ably suffer a similar accident—Diablo Canyon, 12 miles southwest of San Luis Obispo, and San Onofre near San Diego, California. […]

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Thorium

There is one more possibility for the future of nuclear power based on another natural material that is three times more common on earth than uranium—the element thorium. The Red Book estimates there are over 2.3 million tonnes of identified thorium resources, and over 6 million tonnes are likely available (47).

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Mercury

The sulfur oxides are not the only problem with emissions from coal-fired power plants. The EPA lists 189 hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) in the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments. “Of these, 15 occur in coals: antimony, arsenic, beryllium, cad­mium, chlorine, chromium, cobalt, fluorine, lead, manganese, mercury, nickel, selenium, thorium, and uranium"(3) Not all coal contains all of these, and mer­cury […]

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