Nuclear Waste Disposal

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1482 words
1482 words

Nuclear Waste and the Effects on Human Life

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Nuclear waste is a growing concern in the Untied States and throughout the world today. Even right now as I type this paper Congress is debating as to allow nuclear waste to be stored in Yucca Mountain in Nevada. This debate in Congress will help decide the way that the Untied States deals with nuclear waste issues in the future. Nuclear waste is hazardous to human life. It contains many harmful chemicals that could hurt life. Nuclear waste could even disrupt or genetics and cause mutations in human life forms. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has identified four different categories of waste: corrosive, ignitable, reactive, and toxic. A corrosive material is a material that can wear away or destroy a substance. A ignitable material is a material that can burst into flames very easily. These pose as a fire hazard and can irritate your skin, eyes, and lungs, and they emitted harmful vapors. A reactive material is a material that can explode or create poisonous gases when combined with other chemicals. A toxic material is a material or substance that can poison people or other life. Toxic substances can cause illness and even result in death if they are absorbed through the skin or if they are swallowed (Hazard,1).

Those are the main four reasons why this issue is in hot debate in the United States now. Residents that live in peaceful communities do not want these materials to end up in their communities. Even if it means that a train or a freight truck will be hauling these materials through the peaceful community for long a single moment. People are just afraid of what could happen in the single moment in their community. They do not want to take the risk of having those dangerous and hazardous materials going through their communities at all. This issue if dealt right could land President Bush right back in the White House again after the next election, but if he handles this important issue wrong. Then that could make for the next president of the Untied States.

This is an important issue in the United States today because many people still fear nuclear waste because of what has happened at Chernobyl. They are afraid t...

... middle of paper ... and realize that it dangerous. Nuclear energy is probably the best source of energy we have at this available time, but until they learn how to dispose of its waste in an environmental safe way, I will always be against nuclear energy and the waste that it produces. Works Cited

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In this essay, the author

  • Explains that nuclear waste is a growing concern in the united states and throughout the world.
  • Explains why this issue is in hot debate in the united states. residents who live in peaceful communities don't want these dangerous and hazardous materials to end up in their communities.
  • Opines that this is an important issue in the united states today because many people still fear nuclear waste because of what has happened at chernobyl.
  • Explains that nuclear waste does not always cause harmful pollution into rivers or water. meentinny west, rockchapel, was raided by gardai after a two-week surveillance operation.
  • Explains that the energy department has 800,000 gallons of nuclear waste stored at the idaho national engineering and environmental laboratory.
  • Explains that waste can cause many problems that people are not really aware of, such as poor air quality in a nearby residential neighborhood.
  • Explains that under bush's plan to store nuclear waste at yucca mountain, hundreds of thousands of gallons would have to travel through chicago on its route to nevada.
  • Explains that the caribbean sea and the islands are worried about the transportation of spent nuclear fuel and waste. they believe an accident would lower tourism and decrease the fishing industries.
  • States that they strongly support the idea of nuclear waste being a major hazard to the quality of human life.
  • Opines that people who are in favor of nuclear waste need to wake up and realize that it is dangerous.
  • States that antigua-waste caribbean worried about nuclear waste shipments. energy dept. sued over nuclear waste.
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