Environmental Critiques of Nuclear Energy

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Hummel, William
nuclear; energy; environment; power; critique; environmentalism; Environmental Health and Protection; Oil, Gas, and Energy; Sustainability
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This essay identifies and evaluates the most common environmental critiques made against nuclear energy development. Environmentalists articulate four major concerns: the destructive effects and health risks of uranium mining; the dangers posed by radiation releases and meltdowns; the difficult of nuclear waste disposal; and national security concerns, including nuclear weapons proliferation and the possibility of attack or sabotage. By characterizing and describing these concerns, we are better able to decide which problems are most compelling, and suggest possible policy-driven solutions.