Just days before the Modi Administration completes its third year in office, the Indian Union Cabinet decided to build 10 new pressurized heavy water reactors (PHWR) as a part of their coal to increase their nuclear capacity to 14,000 megawatts. It is estimated that this will cost 70,000 crores (1 crore=10,000,000 rupees) and create 33,400 jobs. All this is part of India’s initiative to reduce emissions. Overall, this project is well-founded, and will hopefully succeed.
Only recently has nuclear power lost some of its association with nuclear weapons. Since almost all nuclear reactors were built during the Cold War, and Russia and the US were so absorbed in nuclear weapons, people tend to associate nuclear power with nuclear weapons. This causes them not to trust nuclear energy. But do they know that nuclear power remains the second most used source of energy in the US, even when the nuclear industry is slowly failing? Plus, nuclear energy has prevented the release of 30 billion tons of carbon dioxide in 60 years. And outside of the Soviet Union’s Carelessness, not a single accident in the history of nuclear power has killed anyone, and there have only been 2 significant accidents in nuclear power when the world has 500 operational nuclear power plants. Now that Westinghouse and General Electric are out of the nuclear business, significant figures in society like Bill Gates have made significant investments in the nuclear business. And now, smaller businesses that have absolutely nothing to do with the Cold War are still making investments in nuclear power. So, should we really be ridiculing nuclear power when chances are you get your own electricity from it? Many of the people living near me (and including me) get their power from nuclear power plants, but continue to ridicule nuclear power. But Westinghouse going bankrupt marks a new nuclear age, where nuclear power is totally unrelated to nuclear weapons.
The nuclear waste site known as the Hanford Site is now in a state of emergency following a tunnel collapse on the site. The tunnel contained railcars full of nuclear waste. Thankfully, no radiation was detected and the tunnel was empty of all workers. All workers were evacuated, but some who might have been exposed to radiation were told to stay indoors. On top of this, the airspace above the Hanford Site has been declared a no-fly zone. The site itself used to be a facility for producing nuclear weapons, but now handles nuclear waste. This disaster will definitely be a blow to America’s already failing nuclear industry, but likely will not effect our neighbors (Canada) and other countries worldwide (except Japan).
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As of now, the Western Cape High Court stated that all the deals and decisions as a part of South Africa’s nuclear effort were unlawful. This is a huge step back in South Africa’s nuclear program. The Minister of Energy stated that she “will speak about the matter in due time.” Not only is this a huge step back, but this is a huge blow to the nuclear industry, and to South Africa itself. Hopefully the former Energy Minister’s words about the nuclear industry will no longer be null and void in the near future.
Would you honestly want a whole lot of bad stuff in a hole deep underground, or a lot of bad stuff in the air you breathe? Anybody would choose the latter. Honestly, most people probably think that nuclear plants literally pump out radiation. This only happens with a core breach or a nuclear meltdown, which is quite uncommon. Following the bankruptcy of Westinghouse, most people have all but forgotten the dream of the nuclear age. But even if this industry seems to be a waste of money, I want to see your opinion. Please be as honest as you can and reply in the comments.
The First Energy owned Davis – Besse Nuclear Power Plant may close following the energy giant’s decision to exit the nuclear industry. This may be a bad idea for the residents, as most towns with nuclear power plants offer many high paying jobs, and a lot of money. In the case of Davis – Besse, money generated from this station paid for an auditorium and a new swimming pool for the high school. The residents of Carlton lost 70% of their budget when the nearby nuclear power plant shut down. Thanks to the planned closure, plans for a new fire truck have been put on hold, and some 600 people who all work at the plant will lose their job. The only thing that the residents can hope for is that the government makes the nuclear business a much more profitable venture, a very possible thing under the Trump Administration.
The Russian energy corporation Rosatom stated that the Busheshr Nuclear Power Plant started construction on March 14th, with the first reactor estimated to come online in 2024, and the second reactor coming online in 2026. This is all from a deal in 1992 from the governments of Iran and Russia. The deal produced the its first nuclear power plant in 2012, a year after the Fukushima incident. Speaking of Fukushima, the cleanup is going fine, with the marine environment not being contaminated with deadly amounts of radiation. I’m sure you doubt the safety of this site, but the area surrounding the site is not like a scene from Fallout 4 or some other stereotypical nuclear wasteland. It is, however, a tsunami zone, so there is a significant amount of damage not caused by the plant. I really hope that you will come to realize the true potential of nuclear power plants, and how much this world would be different without nuclear energy. Many developing countries need nuclear energy, and without it, they get frequent blackouts, and they certainly can’t use computers and phones as heavily as we do. What I mean is that you should appreciate what you have now, and be conscious about the future of energy. There are people working around the clock to make sure your home has power.