Everything starts with Uranium mining (a process dangerous for workers, not to mention very expensive as well), continues with Uranium enrichment (very expensive), then nuclear waste management and disposal (very expensive) and finally ends with the plant's decommissioning (the most hazardous and expensive process of all). The plans of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority for decommissioning reactors have an average 50 year time frame. In the UK, for example, the total amount of radioactive waste (including radioactive waste expected to arise from existing nuclear facilities) is about 4.7 million m3, or around 5 million tonnes. Some scientists and engineers have expressed reservations about nuclear power, including: Barry Commoner, S.
In February 2012, the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission approved the construction license of the two proposed reactors at the Vogtle plant. One week after Southern received the license to begin major construction on the two new reactors, a dozen environmental and anti-nuclear groups are suing to stop the Plant Vogtle expansion project, saying 'public safety and environmental problems since Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactor accident have not been taken into account'.


If decommissioning costs, adjusted for inflation, equal only half the original construction price tag, the results could be a 'financial catastrophe,' for the nuclear industry. In my opinion, nuclear energy shouldn't have been taken into account because it's so dangerous to produce, it has a very long term & hazardous waste disposal and reactor decommissioning, and overall is very cost-ineffective. After the Fukushima nuclear disaster, Germany saw massive anti-nuclear protests, which determined Germany's coalition government to announce a reversal of policy, that will see all the country's nuclear power plants phased out by 2022.
Shaun Burnie, nuclear adviser for environmental campaign group Greenpeace International, told the BBC World Service that Germany had already invested heavily in renewable energy. After the contract is signed, the storage facilities are built by those who want to get rid of the nuclear waste, plus a solid yearly tax payed to the Government of the country that stores the waste. There has been debate about issues such as nuclear accidents, radioactive waste disposal, nuclear proliferation, nuclear economics, and nuclear terrorism.


Jacobson, professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford University, has said: 'If our nation wants to reduce global warming, air pollution and energy instability, we should invest only in the best energy options. NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko cast the lone dissenting vote on plans to build and operate the two new nuclear power reactors, citing safety concerns stemming from Japan's 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, and saying 'I cannot support issuing this license as if Fukushima never happened'. Now, the time has come for all countries to start investing in clean and sustainable energy, and it's our job to make them understand that we, the people, have a say in this. Spread the word, join the activists (NIRS, BeyondNuclear)opposing nuclear power and nuclear weapons in your country, and more importantly, bring your own contribution.



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