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Environmental Effects of the Production of Electricity by Various Energy Sources
Engineering and Construction
Pages 4 (1004 words)
Name Professor Subject Date Comparison of Environmental and Public Health Impact and Nuclear Technology and Coal for Electricity Production There are several ways of electricity production which range from fossil fuel electricity production mechanisms to nuclear and renewable sources where each method has a fair share of benefits and limitations with regard to the environment and public health.
This paper will explore the use of nuclear technology for electricity production with a bias on the environmental and public health impact of this technology as compared to the use of coal. First of all, the paper will look into the current status of electricity production using nuclear technology today in the USA and then look into the environmental and health impact of this technology and lastly compare the impact associated with it to that associated to use of coal for electricity production. The USA is the leading producer of nuclear power accounting for about 30% of the nuclear power electricity production in the world with 104 nuclear reactors that produce more than 19% of the total electricity produced in the USA (World Nuclear Association) . Currently there are 100 operable nuclear reactors in 31 different states which are under the operation of 30 different companies whereas three reactors are under construction and it is expected that 4 more reactors might be operational by the year 2020 (World Nuclear Association). ...
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