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Do we need nuclear power for sustainable energy production?
Nuclear power produces nuclear waste.
Under/Surface ground water source could be
by the radiating elements.
Nuclear waste is regularly
released into the environment
Nuclear power plants produce High-level
(Tc-99, I-129 for example) which can be lethal for most forms of life and can still be dangerous for thousands of years.
It is less about the quantity of nuclear waste. It is about the duration it needs to be taken care of, up to 10,000 years. There is not a single thing man has been able to take care for such a long time.
The best available technology for depositing high-level radioactive waste requires deep, stable geological formations, which is not feasible for many countries. (Source: IAEA Safety Standards: Classification of radioactive waste, link:
Even if we stopped operating nuclear power plants, we still would have to care for all the waste that was produced until now and the waste that is produced in other industry sectors like nuclear medicine. The amount of additional waste does not change the situation significantly.
Nuclear waste can be safely managed.
Future nuclear reactors (such as the Thorium based Molten Salt Reactor) will produce only 250 kilos of low and medium-level radioactive waste per year (
Nuclear waste from the Uranium Fuel Cycle is
the waste produced by solar panels, when generation is compared in
cubic meters per kWh of energy produced